29 Aug Short Store Stories: Vinyl Salvation in Thessaloniki, Greece
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Name of the store: Vinyl Salvation
Location: 14 Victoros Ougo St. 9th floor, Thessaloniki, Greece
Opening Hours: 13:00-18:00 or 21:00, depending on the workday.
Tell us a bit about your store:
It is located at the penthouse of a building in downtown Thessaloniki, on the 9th floor. We got a huge terrace available with a 360° view of the city. Currently, we house a stock of more than 8000 records. We deal strictly in vinyl, both new and used. We import once a week from selected distributors across Europe. We have an e-shop (www.vinylsalvation.com) through which we ship throughout Greece, but can also ship abroad with a little arrangement via mail or social media.
How long does it exist?
We have been around since October 2015, we’re almost two years old!
What sparked the idea to open it? Is there any particular story behind it?
I’ve always been involved with music. I’ve work on the radio, managed my own, produced my own music, been into djing etc. I had the idea during a year-long stay in Berlin back in 2014. I’ve been digging in record stores for a long time, and in a way you can say I wanted to give back. But mainly, there was no record store close to my preferences in my town – or the ones I’ve visited in Greece – , and I knew of many people that shared my thoughts
on the matter. So, this store was born to fill that gap.
Which genres do you offer? Do you specialize in certain genres?
You could say that our two main categories are electronic and roots. We have a nice section in house/techno/electro/minimal etc for the DJs and then it’s the funk/soul/afro/jazz side. We do our best to have a satisfying hip-hop section, because that’s a thing missing in our city. We’re also a lot into disco edits and boogie 12″. Lastly we have a great selection of 80’s titles, even factory sealed ones, from a private collector’s stash.
What was the most awkward or funny request you have ever received? Or do you have a memorable story to share?
Can’t really recall an awkward request. A mother came in the other day with her son and asked if we could copy an audio cassette of hers to a CD. That sure brought back a lot of memories. As for memorable stories I’d say each of the foreigners that visit us from times to times. We really enjoy meeting people from abroad, that honor us with their visit. Many stories have been exchanged, and even friends have been made. Shout-out to Jadyn from Winnipeg that bought our cherished last copy of Dorothy Ashby’s ‘Afro-Harping’.
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