ATLANTA, Ga (CW69 News at 10) – Record stores have come and gone over the years, but an Atlanta store is still going strong after three decades. Eric Levin, owner of Criminal Records, explains why vinyl records are making a comeback.
Criminal Records is tucked away in an Atlanta melting pot called Little Five Points, a popular hangout and shopping spot that attracts a lot of foot traffic and, because of the record store, crowds of people buying vinyl records. âMy son, he’s got a record player and he’s in it all, so he brought us here,â said Keyshia Porter, a customer who buys records. The store has just celebrated its 30th anniversary. âI saw it was the 30th anniversary on TikTok, so I decided to go in and see what they had,â said Matheo Brooks, another customer. âI certainly never thought there would be a 30th, but I didn’t know if there would be a first anniversary,â Levin said.
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Levin remembers when it all started. âI was a kid growing up in a record store. I was about 13 when I started sticking with the record store, âhe said. He worked while in high school and started his own business at age 19. They were selling CDs and comics. âVinyl has always been part of our mix, and toys, rock posters and DVDs when they arrive. “
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They followed the trends, and now many customers are taking back vinyl. âVinyl is incredibly tangible and, ironically, a very eco-friendly item, because you buy it once, it lasts a generation or more,â Levin said. He sells new and used records. âVinyl is now produced in huge numbers, and people want it,â he said, explaining how a vinyl record has a long lifespan, you can resell it and doesn’t take a lot of energy to make it. grab and play it. âIt’s compared to, say, streaming, where it’s kind of an environmental disaster with wind farms moving all over the place to tap into the energy to store the media,â Levin said.
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Customers also sell their old vinyl at the store. âThese are antiques. They will always be there, âLevin said. He says he’s happy to still have a place for record lovers to get their fix of vinyl.