In an era of digital downloads and music on the go, a 44-year-old entrepreneur is about to open a Lansdowne, Pennsylvania-based store that will sell vinyl records.
As reported in this Delco News Network article, Andrea DiFabio’s new record shop — Vinyl Revival — promises a return to a time when shopping for music was a touchy-feely experience. The store will open its doors to the public in mid-August.
“I think the interest in vinyl never went away for record collectors but a new generation of music fans is coming to appreciate the warm sound and the experience of sitting down and listening to a record. The artwork on many record covers is also another draw,” says DiFabio.
In addition to records, Vinyl Revival will stock unusual gifts such as handbags made from recycled album covers, pillows made from cast-off band/concert T-shirts, clocks and mirrors made from reused vinyl records as well as original artwork and jewelry — all with a music theme.
Since DiFabio’s space has a 40-seat theater, she is partnering with the FirstGlance Film Festival to offer a variety of features, documentaries, short films and live music events to be showcased in a First Friday screening series. “With the opening of Vinyl Revival, I look forward to reaching out to the community of artistic-minded people who value alternative entertainment and unique products as much as I do,” she tells Delco News Network.
DiFabio also wants her shop to be a destination — a place where you can put on headphones, listen to some records and chat about music with other customers.
“Growing up, I loved hanging out at my local record store,” she says. “I hope to get people excited about music when they discover an older artist who is new to them or a new artist they never heard about.”