Short Store Stories: Dusty Groove Store, Chicago

Short Store Stories is a new interview and photography project showcasing and cherishing independent record stores and their stories from all over the globe. Do you know a record store you would like to see featured on #vinyloftheday? Then send a few words about it to diana@vinyloftheday.com. In this episode, we have talked to longtime buyer and social media guy Doug Arnold from the renowned Dusty Groove in Chicago.

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Name of the store: Dusty Groove

Location: 1120 N. Ashland, Chicago

Opening Hours: Chicago store 10am to 8pm, 7 days a week. 24 hours a day at http://www.dustygroove.com>.

Tell us a bit about your store:
How long does it exist?

21 years to date! The website officially opened in April of 1996, at first as kind of a part-time hobby of our founders, Rick & JP. By the end of that year, Dusty Groove was a full-time biz with a local Chicago store. We’ve been in our current home since 2001.

What sparked the idea to open it? Is there any particular story behind it?
Rick & JP, always eager and knowledgeable crate diggers, had the idea to open a store on a massive record buying road trip. Stuck in a snowstorm in the mountains of Pennsylvania, inspiration struck!

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Which genres do you offer? Do you specialize in certain genres?

Early on we found a strong customer base for jazz, funk, soul, Latin & Brazilian music, vintage soundtracks, older hip hop vinyl and vintage rarities of all kinds that didn’t get nearly as much shelf space in other stores at the time. This was the “alternative” era, so shops were predominately indie rock heavy. Those genres are all vital for us to this day, but I really think we’ve evolved over the years, into a great store for all kinds of hard-to-find grooves.

What was the most awkward or funny request you have ever received? Or do you have a memorable story to share?

I don’t know if we’ve received a ton of awkward/funny requests…when you sell rare and hard-to-find gems every day, you see and hear from VERY passionate folks, so maybe we’re just used to it…or maybe we’re a little awkward and strange ourselves and that’s just our normal. 😉 We might’ve had a few celebrities come into the store or shop online expecting preferential treatment, and taken aback when we treated them with the same courtesy and respect as everybody else, not as kings or queens. I guess that’s a tiny bit awkward…

Please name a current staff favorite:

I personally love a lot of the contemporary jazz out there that’s inspired by the cosmic or spiritual jazz of the 60s & 70s, but still sounds very much of our own era. The album “Inspirations” by Dwight Trible & Matthew Halsall on the Gondwana label is one of those.

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