Four young professionals have gone into business together and will be selling what many thought was a product of the past inside a longtime facility under new ownership in downtown Rocky Mount.
Kellianne Davis, Richard Draper and Madison and Michael Keith are all partners of a new vinyl record store called Station Square Records; Wax by the Tracks, which will be located in suite 162 in Station Square at 301 S. Church St. Davis said the small store, which will occupy 465 square feet, will have a soft opening and record drive from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 1. Angelo’s Pizza will be on hand selling pizza by the slice.
At the opening, people can bring any vinyl records or audio equipment, which they can either sell or donate to the store, Davis said. People also can go to a listening booth in the corner of the store and play a vinyl record on a turntable before making a purchase, she added.
Davis said with all of them having jobs, the store for right now will be open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Even with the change in technology over the years, vinyl records have continued to be popular among keen record collectors, reports said.
The four partners saw an opportunity to bring an independent vinyl record store to the area after visiting places like Greenville and Raleigh and seeing a few vinyl record stores enjoying success. Also, from research, they discovered people in Nash, Edgecombe and Wilson counties are popular customers at record stores in places like Raleigh.
“We feel like we’re going to fill that gap for people in the Twin Counties and those living in Wilson to not have to drive that far for an independent record store,” Davis said. “We thought it would be a great idea to be a part of the resurgence of downtown. While our focus is on vinyl records, we also are going to sell different accessories, audio equipment, turntable needles, T-shirts and other items”
Michael Keith said Station Square Records has collected or gathered merchandise from vinyl record collectors, deejays, flea markets and other vinyl record shops. Also, a huge bulk has come from people in the community having old vinyl records.
However, Keith added, Station Square Records has plans to get newly released vinyl records and has been in touch with a Raleigh distributor. Davis said well-known artists like Beyonce, Justin Timberlake and Adele have music on vinyl. Reports say increased popularity of vinyl has led to the investment in new and modern record-pressing machines.
Station Square Records is the first new tenant for Station Square’s new owner Ben Braddock, who with a partner purchased the commercial property that consists of 50 used office space suites in April from longtime owner Chambliss & Rabil Contractors.
Braddock, a general contractor and real estate broker who hails from Hampton Roads, Va., said small and unique businesses like vinyl records shops are ideal business ventures in a downtown location. Braddock added among his plans is bringing in a tenant to run a coffee shop, which he plans to create in the front entrance of Station Square, that will consist of a large outdoor seating area on the courtyard.
Plans are to provide on-the-go breakfast and light lunch options, while also having Ramblers Beer and Wine provide craft beer and wine choices in the coffee shop, Braddock said.
“Our goal moving forward is to have a mixture of office spaces, a few interesting retail shops and a coffee shop in front of the entrance off Church Street,” Braddock said. “I’m excited with what is happening downtown with the Event Center coming, and there is a vaccum here, with a lot of opportunities for small businesses and entrepreneurship.”