Sadness on the mom and pop store-front...My some-time employer reported today that long-time Dupont Circle record store, Melody Records, here in DC, will be closing this winter after 34 years in business.
Jack and Suzy Menase opened the store in 1977, and moved it to its current Connecticut Ave. NW location in 1979. "While we wish that we could continue indefinitely, technology, the internet and the economy has taken its toll, and we have concluded, unfortunately, that it is not possible to survive in this environment," the Menases wrote in their letter.
Melody had an interesting collection that included rock, classical, jazz, and others, a true old-school record store, and you could usually find at least one record by even the most far-flung artist. I love the convenience and speed of downloading but getting lost in the stacks of a good-size record store was always a treat, and often, an adventure. More than once, I would hear something over the speakers and the next thing I knew, I was the person buying the Beta Band EP.
So if you're in the neighborhood, stop in and pick up something at Melody, give the Menases a little more for their retirement. Great job folks, you will be missed.