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“I decided I wanted to open the kind of shop that I couldn’t find. Part of the important thing for me was to make this shop a safe space. I want to encourage females to come and feel comfortable in that kind of space. I wasn’t always made to feel that way when I was younger, I felt very intimidated, so I definitely wanted to create the opposite vibe in here. Anja Petitto
"I was born into the music industry really. My parents had a record shop in the 80s and 90s called Sgt. Pepper's. They had branches around Essex and East London, and I remember being in there most of my childhood to be honest!" Marc Sardinha, Hey Joe.
“So, the shop started by me taking out my van with my partner and selling a few records at festivals. Had the day job, just thought it was gonna be a bit of fun at the festivals and it grew from there!” Marcia Smith
“It’s kind of a feedback loop. Somebody comes in and says “Oh, do you have this?" Then you start playing it in the shop and people go “what’s this, this nice music?” And then it starts feeding back into one another.” Marty Stevens, Ventnor Exchange
“It’s an oft-used word, community, but it really, really is. Musicians meet each other, artists meet each other… and it really is a real, proper community”. Gary Smith, Truck Store.
“I think that’s the thing about record shops that people don’t realise, we’re part of the local music scene. We sell records to people who spend money, every week, on music.” Al, 81 Renshaw.
“I think in this community a record shop’s really important because it enables people to come together, share music and turn each other onto music… to form those relationships that lead to the creative hub.” Tom Berry, Sound Records.
"The record shop has got a certain mystique about it. It's difficult to put into words. It's kind of, yeah, a certain magic about it and I think that's why every record shop’s different as well." Steve Sexton, Sister Ray.
"I think the social aspect of it, you'll never find that again, meeting the musicians and people that come along here, I think it's amazing." Freddie Noonan, The Vinyl Whistle.