Right round – Sunbrimmer Records is openMarie Palmer, left, talks to Sunbrimmer Records owner Mike Tyson. The record store recently opened its doors in Avondale Estates. Photo by: Dan Whisenhunt
Sunbrimmer Records held its soft opening during the Rail Arts District Studio Cruise in March, and has been drawing in vinyl lovers for a few weeks now.
On April 4, owner Mike Tyson chatted with Marie Palmer from behind the counter. He held an old 45 in his hand, and said,”That’s the thing about 45s, is they were well loved, you know?”
Tyson buys old vinyl in addition to selling it at his store, located on Clarendon Avenue.
“We absolutely purchase old vinyl, both Lps and 45s,” he said. “I also will look at 78 RPM shellac records. I’m seeking any and all genres. The condition of the records is key, but I’m always happy to take a look at whatever anyone brings us.”
Nathan Woody and Marco Corales, two local musicians, flipped through the records on the shelves.
“Any new place I can go to for records is a good place for me,” Corales said. “And to have it close by is ideal.”
Tyson sells he sells a little bit of everything, but the top three genres coming off the shelves are jazz, rock and soul music.
“Our clientele is very knowledgeable,” he said. “Half of the fun is talking to people about music that you have a shared interest in, and then turning each other onto other compelling stuff.”
Tyson said he’s been encouraged by the response he’s gotten from the community.
“The positive feedback has been fantastic,” he said. “We were fortunate to have our soft opening during the Rail Arts District cruise, and the turnout couldn’t have been better. So many vinyl lovers dropping in to browse records and wish us well. We feel really lucky to be a part of this community and so close to all of the awesome surrounding businesses – Pallookaville, Second Life, Sweet n’ Sinful, Pine Street Market, Avonale Pizza Cafe, Our Way, the Beer Growler, etc.. I’m also excited about the Bishop opening and what (Avondale Estates Mayor) Ed Rieker is doing with Tudor Square. ”
The record store is closed Mondays, and open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm and Sunday from 12 pm to 6 pm. The store is located at 4 N. Clarendon Avenue in Avondale Estates.