Blue Canary Records delivers vinyl to Broadway

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) — Soon after decades of touring upwards of 30 minutes to obtain vinyl documents, just one Columbus community made the decision to modify his tune. Transitioning from a remain-at-house dad to a full-time business proprietor, Brian Cook dinner opened Blue Canary Records on Aug. 5.

“I was stunned we didn’t have one [a record shop] in city,” said Cook, who started gathering records about 50 %-a-ten years back after obtaining a turntable as a gift.

In advance of opening the store, Cook dinner reported he talked to nearby enterprise proprietors, pals and downtown purchasers.

The Blue Canary proprietor remembered expressing, “‘Hey, I have this truly dumb idea, it’s a really horrible idea. Please, chat me out of it: I want to open a document store.’”

No one talked him out of it. Currently, the business enterprise stands on the corner of 13th Street and Broadway.

“I created the report retail outlet to be open up and helpful and available,” explained Cook dinner, who added Blue Canary’s area is key to its integration in the group.

He reported his spouse and two youngsters, 12-yr-aged Max and seven-year-previous Eloise, have been hugely supportive of the new small business, expending plenty of absolutely free time at the shop.

The title “Blue Canary” arrives from lyrics from the music “Birdhouse in Your Soul” from the 1990 album “Flood” by rock band They Could Be Giants. As Cook dinner sorted via potential names for his retail outlet, the song came on and the relaxation is background.

“Blue Canary form of trapped,” claimed Cook dinner. “It’s just incredibly vibrant and evocative.”

Fittingly, a classic-motivated, groovy mural painted by Atlanta-based artist George F. Baker III decorates the document store’s exterior and inside with swirling ribbons of blue, orange and a shade reminiscent of a creamsicle. Prepare dinner spelled out he chose a color palette with a “warm, beachy” truly feel which produced him pleased.

Inside, Blue Canary is stocked with hundreds of data. Cook’s inventory incorporates bulk-purchased documents, but a lot of have been curated from nearby garage product sales, flea marketplaces, private auctions and client donations. Cook dinner, whose company card reads “vinyl sommelier,” also contributed his own report selection to the store’s stock.

“I wanted to just go in advance and make guaranteed that anything I’ve gathered receives cherished again,” he claimed.

The proprietor could commence amassing yet again sometime, but for now he is joyful listening to everything he desires at the shop. His present most loved track is a deal with of Frank Ocean’s “Pink + White” by Remi Wolf recorded dwell at Electric powered Lady.

1 of Cook’s rare inventory things is a 1981 album that includes area artists enjoying songs of the region. The album, identified as “In Celebration of a Legacy: Common New music of the Chattahoochee River Valley,” features tracks which have never been recorded elsewhere, in accordance to Prepare dinner.

“I hope that another person will arrive and get it house at some stage, but it is just really neat,” claimed Cook, who keeps the album exhibited on a shelf. It expenses $85 due to the rarity of its tunes and restricted production. Cook dinner described, to his information, only 500 to 1,000 copies of the album exist.

On a day-to-day basis, Cook dinner documented he has about 25 to 50 shoppers. He is “still discovering the ebb and circulation of the website traffic that comes by way of,” as it modifications the more time the shop is open and as learners return to school.

Shopper Joshua Martin is presently a Blue Canary typical. Martin described he’s preferred a document store in city “for a long time,” because there hasn’t been a single open up considering the fact that he was a kid. He particularly likes Cook’s whiteboard, the place company can write an album title they’d like Cook dinner to purchase, if it’s not in stock.

Carrying a stack of information to the register operated by Cook at the entrance of the store, Martin explained with a chortle, “He’s gonna take all my funds finally but regardless of what!” He added a further title to the whiteboard prior to exiting the shop with his purchases.

At the again of the retail outlet, Cook has a special listening lounge in which attendees can place an album on a person of a few designated turntables and listen with headphones. Shown earlier mentioned these is Cook’s childhood document participant, a yellow Fisher-Price toy.

The hallway towards Cook’s backroom concert area retains a modest variety of video clip sport consoles and a soda device attendees can use. The Blue Canary proprietor hopes to at some point host common live music and karaoke nights. He is also preparing album release- and listening get-togethers based mostly on customer suggestions.

In September, Prepare dinner will host a occasion for the newest album release of locally-based mostly band The Normas.

Cook explained, “I just imagine a great deal of persons in Columbus who have musical talent really do not seriously have any where to, like, use it. So, there’s a house now.”