I won't pretend that I'm someone who does a lot of vinyl, outside of my kiddie Christmas collections at my mother's. However, in college I had the luxury of spending hours at my formerly local record store, Plan 9 on the Corner in Charlottesville--"formerly" since I graduated and moved away, and it no longer exists. Such fond memories of being blasted by a completely artificial smell upon opening the doors (seriously, the plastic is nostalgic), avoiding the hipsters who didn't like my voting record at the concert committee meetings, drowning in new releases at the listening "booth," taking random bumper stickers and buttons from a freebie cardboard box--I went there to escape and belong. I also saw John Mayer there, for free, the day before he "made it."
So I thought I'd pose the question, do you, few loyal readers, have memories of a record store that has now closed?