Leesburg has its own record store for the first time in recent memory, if ever.
Kevin Longendyke, originally from Loudoun, recently returned from Richmond to open DIG Records & Vintage in downtown Leesburg. The store is at the top of Cultured, a soul food restaurant, at 212 Loudoun St.
âPeople came in and said they were waiting for a record store,â Longendyke said. “I don’t think there ever was a record store here. There was a CD store in the late 90s, but that was it.”
Records never go completely out of fashion, the store owner said. They are making a big comeback now, as a new generation wants to hold on to something tangible.
âThe younger generations want to hold a real album and look at the lyrics sheets,â Longendyke said.
Additionally, the superior sound of vinyl cannot be matched, he added.
Ever since a 14-year-old Longendyke bought his first vinyl, opening his own record store was his dream.
When his elementary school friend Michael Whidman moved his frozen yogurt and soup display case to a permanent display case in July, Longendyke’s dream came true.
âIt’s a creative way to use the space. It’s like a one-stop shop,â Whidman said. “I like the idea of ââhaving a place where you can go have a craft beer, have a simple meal, get a record, and have your dessert.”
The building is filled with a warm and intimate nostalgia. The record store looks like an attic filled with treasures.
There are around 3,000 records in the store, many of which are from Longendyke’s personal collection.
The bins are mostly stocked with used classic rock albums from the ’60s and’ 70s, which sell for around $ 5 apiece. There are also rare gems of 60s soul and jazz that cost up to $ 200.
Customers are welcome to bring their records to sell or trade, Longendyke said.