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22 April 2009

Independent Records

Let's hear it for locally owned businesses! Yesterday I was on a mission to buy the latest Franz Ferdinand album. They're playing in Denver tonight and I hate to go to a concert without knowing any of the new stuff they're playing. I know it's bad form to buy the disc the day before the concert, but I just didn't have time to do it sooner!

Anyway, lately I just buy my music from Best Buy, Barnes & Noble or other large chain stores (if not iTunes). I don't know why I do that. It's stupid! Why am I not supporting the little guy? I'm the little guy! I own a small business too! It's literally been years since I set foot into Independent Records, and I should be flogged with a wet noodle for letting that happen. Shame on me! Independent Records has been in business in Colorado Springs since 1978, which is longer than I've been here. When I was in college it was the cool place to work -- practically everyone I knew worked there at some point or other, except for me (I guess I wasn't cool enough). There's an Independent near my house but they seem to specialize more in rap, which is not my bag. The Independent on Bijou Street downtown is the more "edgy" store. They have a great selection of new and used CDs, as well as video games and so on.

So today I went in there and bought my CD. It actually cost less than what I would have paid at Best Buy, and the guy who served me was waaaaaaaaaaay hipper than any bored Best Buy clerk. And he was cheerful (see photo), which is nice. I was very happy to see that they were quite busy on a Tuesday afternoon at 5:00pm, no lack of customers.

The next time you want to buy that CD/book/pair of shoes/sandwich, think about supporting the mom and pops in your town, not the big chains. We're here waiting to serve you, come on in!


Lois said...

Great post!

Indy Records! said...

Hey there! Just ran across your post and wanted to say "Thank You!" We appreciate the support and the kind words. Oh, and that Nate really is a cheerful guy. :)