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Week Ending 2/1/2015
We are happy to announce two more great record stores are joining our family this March. The first is Vinyl Renaissance based in Kansas City Missouri. Dan Phillips owns two stores in the Kansas City area, one is on West 39th and a second in the Overland Park area. Also he has recently added a third store in Columbia Missouri. All three have distinct personalities and are combination music and stereo equipment stores. To start we are adding his 39th St. location as a CIMS store and hope to add others when we can. Welcome to CIMS Dan.
Second we welcome Cheap Thrills Records from Beckley and Princeton West Virginia. Wyatt Lilly is a twenty year veteran of the music biz and runs two great stores and splits his the between the two. We are adding his Beckley store to start and again hope to add his other location in Princeton down the road. Welcome aboard Wyatt.
1415 West 39th St
Kansas City, Mo. 64111
7932 Santa Fe Dr
Overland PArk, KS 66204
16 N 10th St
Columbia, MO 65201
Vinyl Renaissance and Audio is Kansas City’s destination for new/used CDs, vinyl records, and audio equipment. Vinyl Renaissance and Audio (VR) opened its first store in 2005 in the Kansas City suburb of Shawnee, KS. In 2011, it opened its second store in the eclectic 39th Street area of Kansas City, MO – an area with a funky, independent vibe with a dash of the classic Haight-Ashbury. In 2013, VR relocated its Shawnee store to the suburb of Overland Park. The store is located in the vibrant downtown Overland Park shopping area, featuring local businesses and restaurants, monthly Local Life events, and a bustling seasonal farmer’s market.
VR carries a complete line of home audio equipment from well-known manufacturers: Marantz, McIntosh, Rega, Clearaudio, Creek, Denon, Dynaudio, GamuT, Grado Labs, Ortofon, Phase Technology, T+A, and more.
VR’s staff is comprised of professional musicians, composers, sound engineers, and music instructors, averaging over 20 years of experience. VR has an equipment service center housed in the 39th St., authorized to repair all of the brands we sell and quite a few more. Additionally, VR includes complimentary set up for our customers purchasing turntables and cartridges using professional equipment.
In 2014, VR opened its third store in Columbia, MO, home of the University of Missouri. With Streetside Records closing, VR saw a real need for a record store in their area. VR’s Columbia location is in the revitalized downtown area of Columbia, featuring numerous live music venues, local shops, and restaurants. Although each store reflects the character of its neighborhood, all of our locations will help you get the music that you love and put a smile between your ears.
Cell: (304) 920-5716
1130 Stafford Dr
Princeton, WV 24710
102 Galleria Plaza
Beckley, WV 25801
A Short History of Cheap Thrills Records
Cheap Thrills Records started up way back in 1995 with one small location in Princeton, WV. Wyatt Lilly had a vision to bring an independent music store like large cities had, to his hometown. When it began, he was the only employee and the location only had 1200 square feet in a small strip mall. Within a few months other employees were hired and the growth of Cheap Thrills Records began. The store quickly caught on because it was the only place that offered used CDs and trade-ins, and because of its focus on competitive pricing and customer service.
In 1999 Cheap Thrills opened its second location in Beckley, WV, which is a larger town about 35 miles north of Princeton. After about six months, the Beckley location also became a popular spot for local music enthusiasts and collectors. This location was a bit larger than Princeton and was situated in a mini-mall.
Before long Cheap Thrills Records had outgrown its original location in Princeton and it was time to move. In 2003, a freestanding building with a drive thru became available across the street from the strip mall where the store was located at the time, and Cheap Thrills jumped at the opportunity to move in. That proved to be a good move, as business jumped roughly 30% immediately due to the better location and larger store.
Another move came in 2006 when the Beckley store moved into the brand new Beckley Galleria Plaza. This move increased the store’s size from 2000 square feet to 3000 square feet and Cheap Thrills was able to increase its inventory at that store.
In 2010 sales had been declining for a few years and it was time to do something different, so Cheap Thrills Records began a Cash For Gold service at both locations which proved lucrative enough for the business to survive the great recession. It at may seem odd at first to have a Cash For Gold service at a record store, but the fact that so many customers have brought their gold to Cheap Thrills is a testament to the good reputation the store has.
As 2015 begins, Cheap Thrills Records is looking forward to celebrating its 20th anniversary in May. The store is in great shape, well stocked, and has a great staff working there. We hope to continue to be West Virginia’s Greatest Record Stores for many years to come!
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1105 W. Idaho Street
Boise, ID 83702
208.343.0107 x3 office
Here's what the CIMS staffers are fancying this week:
Blake Wimberly- CIMS/ThinkIndie Loner
Lone- Reality Testing (R&S Records)