Tunes Matters, St. Augustine’s oldest report shop, has a new owner and a new title: Music Issues Remixed. Eric Wenstrom was “passed the torch” about 6 months back by unique proprietor, Casey Kelber, who opened the keep in 1989.
Wenstrom turns 50 in November, and has been searching at Audio Issues considering that it opened. He remained a loyal client about the yrs, halting in to acquire music each time he returned to town to go to his mother.
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Wenstrom was furloughed all through the COVID pandemic in 2020, and known as Kelber at Audio Issues to “order a curbside songs pickup,” when Kelber handed him a yellow paper flyer stating that the enterprise was for sale.
An avid music fan and new music memorabilia collector, Wenstrom claimed he went again to his mother and asked her what she thought about him purchasing the retailer and going again to St. Augustine. Immediately after a extensive occupation in hospitality at topic parks, he made the decision it was time to go just after his dream of possessing his very possess new music retailer.
But what Wenstrom shortly realized was it is not just about his aspiration, but about his obligation to the St. Augustine community and clients who have been purchasing at the retail outlet for additional than 30 several years. He states standard buyers end in weekly and thank him for obtaining the keep and bringing in more vinyl, additional vintage collectibles, far more new stock.
And how significant is it in today’s electronic age to be able flip through vinyl data and CDs?
“Sure technologies is remarkable and everything these times is out there at the click on of an application (or in my working day, the drop of a hat), and that is all well and excellent till some thing like COVID comes together and usually takes every little thing absent except that very little miracle system in your palms,” Wenstrom mentioned.
“It’s only then when so several people today understood what was really lacking these days is interacting with each other, specially in link with audio.”
His instant goal was to “create an ecosystem reminiscent of days gone by, a collecting area open to all to appear and rejoice tunes collectively.”
Wenstrom describes that “Music Issues Remixed has been revitalized to be equipped to thoroughly encompass the expression ‘record shop’ at the time all over again.”
Every inch of the space, from flooring to ceiling, is a tribute to audio of all genres. The vintage music posters on the walls are from Wenstrom’s personal assortment, with the vast majority from the 1980s and early 1990s.
Vinyl albums are exhibited in wooden peach crates during the retail store. Prospects can simply flip through the well-arranged crates to come across classic vinyl, or the newest offerings, which Wenstrom delivers in every single week.
“We carry a big selection of classic, out-of-print and challenging-to-receive information, as properly as present-day new releases and repackaging of the classics. The store also features domestic and import pressings on all formats like numerous constrained-edition releases and collector sets,” Wenstrom discussed.
“You will also come across cassettes T-shirts posters Funko Pops (toys based mostly on pop culture characters) comic guides stickers incense action figures publications DVDs and St. Augustine’s most significant and most varied inventory nonetheless obtainable on compact disc.”
Also offered: turntables guitars keyboards ukulele harmonicas and new music accessories.
Wenstrom invites the local community and its people to end by and see all the new updates.
A grand relaunch party will acquire put from midday to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 26, at Tunes Issues Remixed, in Riverside Plaza, up coming to Pastime Lobby, at 196 Point out Road 16. The event will element stay audio by area musician Amy Hendrickson and pals, alongside with merchandise giveaways, location artisans and vendors, and storewide revenue.
“The store has been completely reorganized, creating for a seamless and pleasant one particular-stop purchasing encounter, with keeping the vinyl platform in the forefront of the new practical experience,” Wenstrom mentioned.
“Most importantly, the shop has been redesigned to have a heat and inviting vibe of report retailers of times past — a place to satisfy with good friends and love the afternoon. We want to provide back that perception of community, acquiring a safe and welcoming location to come together and share the gift of music.”
Wenstrom said he was bullied as a boy or girl and teenager and that audio practically saved him. It was his remedy at the time, and carries on to have healing electrical power.
“I suppose it will help all of us. It lets us to really feel, to think, to desire, to have hope and to believe that in enjoy,” he reported. “It’s a universal language that casts a spell that binds us all together. Tunes sales opportunities us on a fantastically exceptional journey that allows us obtain ourselves at the main of our innermost vibration. … I owe so much of who I am to new music.”
Some of his favorites consist of the bands he grew up with in the ’80s: Dead or Alive A-ha Depeche Mode The Smiths Stevie Nicks Blondie Lifestyle Club The Remedy Yazoo Enya Cyndi Lauper Duran Duran Billy Idol Ministry Pet Shop Boys Heart Bern Lacking Individuals Guide of Like and the listing goes on …
Wenstrom remembers his very first visits to a music retail store in the Ponce de Leon Shopping mall in the mid-1980s referred to as Audio Land.
“I only experienced $20 to invest for the weekend, and that was a lot for us back then. I know I needed money for a film and food, and with those points in thing to consider, I only could pay for a person of the two albums I was keeping in my palms. It pained me to know that I had to go away a person driving since they were being similarly vital to me,” he remembers.
“I can obviously bear in mind a young, 15-year-previous me boldly declaring to the universe that ‘one day I’m likely to individual the total store and I’ll never have to choose just one particular ever again’ … very well it only took me 35 years.”
New music Matters Remixed grand relaunch party
When: Midday to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 26
In which: New music Issues Remixed, in Riverside Plaza, future to Hobby Lobby, at 196 Condition Road 16.
What: The function will aspect stay songs by local musician Amy Hendrickson and good friends, along with products giveaways, space artisans and distributors, and storewide gross sales.