Q: Who's the typical patron?
A: As far as CD buyers, a lot are old fogies like myself. They buy CDs - they want to own a CD, and they want to have liner notes.
Q: What were you doing before you opened Main Street Music?
A: I started working at a store in Northeast Philadelphia called the Record Seller in 1984 and learned the business there. Then the neighborhood started changing and there was a transition from vinyl to CDs and the store might have been a little slow to make the transition.
Q: Looking back, was coming to Manayunk a smart move?
A: I didn't have a lot of money - $15,000, some of it mine, some of it from my in-laws - and I could only afford a small space. I opened in October 1991 just when the restaurant boomlet was beginning. People came to the store while they were waiting for their dining reservations. Good timing.
Q: This is not just an independent record store, right? Recording artists come here to perform.
A: It's a little unique and we're getting more aggressive with it. The logic early on was to remind people we were here. And it's free - we don't pay the artist and we don't charge the customer to come in. If it's a really big artist, we might ask you to buy the record, which you'll get signed.
Q: How has the revival of vinyl records affected your biz?
A: That's another reason we're surviving now. For the first time in years, we're gaining new customers. I'd say 95 percent of our new customers are vinyl only.
Q: How are you adapting to this change?
A: We just took a CD rack out and replaced it with a vinyl rack. The renewed interest in vinyl is helping make up for loss of sales to iTunes and other downloads.
Q: What percentage of your total customers are vinyl only?
A: I'm guessing it's up over 30 percent. Every label is pressing most everything on vinyl now. Vinyl is also a little more expensive, so that helps our bottom line.
Q: What are annual revenues?
A: I can give you a range - between $100,000 and $500,000.
Q: What's your most favorite thing about the store?
A: Recommending an artist people don't know and then they'll come back and tell me they were here when the artist performed at the store.
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