Short Store Stories: Hendrix Ibsen, Oslo

Short Store Stories is a new 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. This week’s short store stories feature Hendrix Ibsen, a record store/cafe based in Oslo, Norway.

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Name of the store: Hendrix Ibsen and Hendrix Ibsen Junior. We have two coffee shops/vinyl record stores very close to each other. The first one we opened is called Hendrix Ibsen, and the 2nd one is called Hendrix Ibsen Junior. We normally just refer to it as Junior.

Location:
Hendrix Ibsen: Vulkan 20, 0178 Oslo
Hendrix Ibsen Junior: Maridalsveien 21, 0178 Oslo

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Opening Hours:
Hendrix Ibsen: Monday-Tuesday: 08-19. Wednesday-Thursday: 08-23. Friday: 08-01. Saturday: 10-01. Sunday: 10-19.
Hendrix Ibsen Junior: Monday-Friday: 07-19. Saturday: 10-18. Sundays: Closed.

Tell us a bit about your store:
We focus on high quality coffee, craft beers good wine/drinks and good vibrations. We host concerts of all kind, flamenco dancing, literature launch events/spoken word events, as well as good ole fashioned parties. Because we love great coffee and great sound, we thought it would be cool to also sell mainly 2nd hand vinyl. We have invested heavily in an amazing HIFI audio Naim system with support from the Norwegian Naim Audio distributor. It sounds amazing, as we think great music as well as great coffee is the cure for most things evil.

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How long does it exist?
Hendrix Ibsen opened on May 16th 2015. HI Junior May 1st 2016.

What sparked the idea to open it? Is there any particular story behind it?
Well, the story began in Berlin 2010, when the founder opened a small coffee shop, and due to lack of customers decided to sell vinyl to pass the time. Eventually the first location was shut down and another one opened, now called Oslo kaffebar. This turned out to be a good location and business prospered. Somehow the planets aligned and a very interesting opportunity came up in Oslo. This eventually became Hendrix Ibsen. The idea behind also selling vinyl and headphones is to create a place where both guests and staff can have something other than “just coffee” to engage in. Great coffee, great sound, vinyl and gear = good vibrations.

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Which genres do you offer? Do you specialize in certain genres?
We sell mainly 2nd hand vinyl of all genres from the 70-80s, with some older and some newer. We intend to slowly implement the sales of new releases, with a special focus on Norwegian/Nordic music.

What was the most awkward or funny request you have ever received? Or do you have a memorable story to share?
For me (Kristian, the founder) the most funny/interesting experience would be in Berlin when I started selling vinyl in my unsuccessful coffee shop. I never did any marketing, but still people came in who intended to buy a coffee but ended up buying vinyl for well over 100 euro. I then realized there is a potential for mixing a coffee shop with a record store.

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Please name your current staff favorites:
Kristian: Television – Adventure
Disha: Jethro Tull – Benefit
Jon Axel: Bob Dylan – Greatest Hits

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Check out Hendrix Ibsen via:

Instagram
Hendrix Ibsen Facebook
Hendrix Ibsen Junior Facebook
Website

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