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Vintage Vinyl record store coming to Broadneck Peninsula

Brian Hoffman and Sharon Fulton plan to open a vintage record store Feb. 9 in the Severn Commerce Center.

They are moving the store, which will still be called Vintage Vinyl by Yesterday’s Fish, from Lewes, Delaware, where it was in The Sands of Time Antique store for five years. In September, the owner closed on very short notice, forcing Hoffman to store 17 double bins of records during the search for a new location.

He won’t miss the 88-mile commute from their home in Arnold and is looking forward to establishing the only record store in the Broadneck area. The store is named after a photo of Sharon at age four, fishing rod in hand, attempting to make a catch, and the photo is also their logo.

The two met many years ago when both were working for Anne Arundel County Public Schools, he as a substitute teacher and she as a guidance counselor. In their five years of business in Lewes, they stocked up to 12,000 records, and Hoffman praises Fulton’s support.

Hoffman has kept his social media presence during the transition, and has over 1,000 followers on his Facebook page. While recognizing the need for a social media presence and online sales, he most enjoys the interactions with his customers.

His love of records dates to his early teens when a friend from England let him listen to his Beatle’s recordings. While Hoffman had seen the group on The Ed Sullivan Show, he was immediately entranced by albums, which he decided were a much better value than 45’s, which were most popular during that time. While he will buy and sell records, many under $10, and some stereo equipment, Vintage Vinyl will not feature CD’s or small accessories such as record stylus.

Hoffman is a devotee of the vinyl sound, known as analog, which vinyl fans say is purer than the digital sound produced by CD’s and streaming. Record sales have been increasing since 2000, and according to BBC News, “In June 2017, Sony Music announced that by March 2018 it would be producing vinyl records in-house for the first time since ceasing its production in 1989.”

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There has also been increased interest in independent record stores, partially fueled by the inception of Record Store Day in 2008. The international event has grown in popularity each year, and Record Store Day 2019 will take place worldwide April 13.

Hoffman and Fulton are transforming bare walls into a business. Thousands of records need to be inspected, cleaned and ready for sale, as Hoffman is “meticulous” about his product.

“All it takes is one unhappy customer,” he says and that his customers are “very loyal”

The store will feature two main showrooms, as well as a small greenhouse displaying Fulton’s ‘fairy gardens’ that she constructs and sells. She also teaches workshops and says if there is interest, she will host a class Feb. 10, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

The shop will also feature woodcrafts and sports-themed lamps, created by George Fulton, Sharon’s father.

Hoffman’s passion for music and music knowledge is evident, and he hopes to be able to interact with multi-generations of customers. He is also planning customer listening events and entertaining the possibility of showcasing local bands and musicians.

However, for now the pair are focused on getting ready for the grand opening, in hopes that residents will want to share the gift of music, whether it’s punk, classic rock, or smooth jazz, with their loved ones.

Maureen Thomas can be reached at aroundbroadneck@gmail.com.

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