Songs Issues, St. Augustine’s oldest document keep, has a new owner and a new identify: Audio Matters Remixed. Eric Wenstrom was “passed the torch” about 6 months in the past by primary operator, Casey Kelber, who opened the shop in 1989.
Wenstrom turns 50 in November, and has been purchasing at Music Issues considering that it opened. He remained a faithful buyer more than the several years, halting in to purchase new music each individual time he returned to town to visit his mom.
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Wenstrom was furloughed during the COVID pandemic in 2020, and named Kelber at Tunes Issues to “order a curbside audio pickup,” when Kelber handed him a yellow paper flyer stating that the small business was for sale.
An avid music admirer and songs memorabilia collector, Wenstrom said he went back again to his mother and questioned her what she believed about him obtaining the retailer and moving back to St. Augustine. Immediately after a extensive occupation in hospitality at theme parks, he determined it was time to go immediately after his dream of possessing his pretty own new music retail store.
But what Wenstrom soon recognized was it is not just about his dream, but about his accountability to the St. Augustine community and consumers who have been searching at the retailer for much more than 30 a long time. He claims standard consumers stop in weekly and thank him for purchasing the retail store and bringing in a lot more vinyl, a lot more classic collectibles, extra new inventory.
And how important is it in today’s electronic age to be able flip as a result of vinyl documents and CDs?
“Sure technology is astounding and all the things these times is readily available at the simply click of an application (or in my working day, the fall of a hat), and that is all nicely and very good until finally a thing like COVID comes along and normally takes everything away except that minor wonder product in your arms,” Wenstrom explained.
“It’s only then when so several men and women understood what was truly missing these days is interacting with every other, especially in connection with music.”
His rapid purpose was to “create an surroundings reminiscent of days long gone by, a collecting position open up to all to occur and rejoice tunes together.”
Wenstrom describes that “Music Matters Remixed has been revitalized to be equipped to totally encompass the time period ‘record shop’ at the time yet again.”
Each and every inch of the space, from flooring to ceiling, is a tribute to music of all genres. The classic new music posters on the partitions are from Wenstrom’s personalized collection, with the greater part from the 1980s and early 1990s.
Vinyl albums are displayed in picket peach crates all over the keep. Consumers can easily flip through the well-arranged crates to come across classic vinyl, or the newest choices, which Wenstrom provides in each individual week.
“We have a massive collection of vintage, out-of-print and tough-to-obtain documents, as perfectly as present new releases and repackaging of the classics. The shop also features domestic and import pressings on all formats such as many confined-edition releases and collector sets,” Wenstrom discussed.
“You will also find cassettes T-shirts posters Funko Pops (toys primarily based on pop tradition characters) comic publications stickers incense action figures publications DVDs and St. Augustine’s largest and most various stock nevertheless obtainable on compact disc.”
Also accessible: turntables guitars keyboards ukulele harmonicas and music extras.
Wenstrom invitations the community and its website visitors to quit by and see all the new updates.
A grand relaunch social gathering will take location from midday to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 26, at Audio Issues Remixed, in Riverside Plaza, following to Pastime Foyer, at 196 State Street 16. The celebration will function reside music by nearby musician Amy Hendrickson and close friends, along with products giveaways, region artisans and sellers, and storewide gross sales.
“The shop has been entirely reorganized, building for a seamless and pleasurable a single-end purchasing expertise, with keeping the vinyl system in the forefront of the new practical experience,” Wenstrom mentioned.
“Most importantly, the shop has been redesigned to have a warm and inviting vibe of history merchants of days previous — a place to satisfy with friends and take pleasure in the afternoon. We want to deliver again that perception of local community, acquiring a harmless and welcoming put to arrive jointly and share the gift of music.”
Wenstrom claimed he was bullied as a kid and teenager and that new music literally saved him. It was his treatment at the time, and continues to have healing ability.
“I suppose it assists all of us. It allows us to truly feel, to assume, to desire, to have hope and to consider in appreciate,” he said. “It’s a common language that casts a spell that binds us all jointly. Tunes sales opportunities us on a fantastically exclusive journey that allows us find ourselves at the core of our innermost vibration. … I owe so a lot of who I am to songs.”
Some of his favorites incorporate the bands he grew up with in the ’80s: Dead or Alive A-ha Depeche Method The Smiths Stevie Nicks Blondie Tradition Club The Treatment Yazoo Enya Cyndi Lauper Duran Duran Billy Idol Ministry Pet Store Boys Coronary heart Bern Missing Individuals Ebook of Enjoy and the listing goes on …
Wenstrom remembers his initial visits to a music retail outlet in the Ponce de Leon Shopping mall in the mid-1980s named Music Land.
“I only experienced $20 to spend for the weekend, and that was a ton for us back then. I know I needed income for a film and foods, and with these matters in thing to consider, I only could manage a person of the two albums I was keeping in my fingers. It pained me to know that I experienced to depart one guiding due to the fact they ended up equally significant to me,” he remembers.
“I can clearly bear in mind a youthful, 15-year-aged me boldly declaring to the universe that ‘one day I’m heading to possess the whole retail outlet and I’ll in no way have to opt for just 1 at any time again’ … very well it only took me 35 yrs.”
Music Matters Remixed grand relaunch bash
When: Midday to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 26
Where by: Songs Issues Remixed, in Riverside Plaza, future to Passion Foyer, at 196 Condition Road 16.
What: The event will characteristic dwell tunes by neighborhood musician Amy Hendrickson and close friends, along with merchandise giveaways, spot artisans and suppliers, and storewide gross sales.