Magnolia Thunderpussy intends to remain a premier vinyl store in Columbus

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Charles Kubat, founder of Magnolia Thunderpussy, and his daughter, Charlotte Kubat-Vishak, take a break from operating the store for a photo. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo editor

When you are looking for artist vinyls past or present there’s one place in Columbus that’s been an option since 1970: Magnolia Thunderpussy.

Located on North High Street, Magnolia is home to a wide variety of musical genres ranging from classical to hip-hop and in CD and vinyl form.

“When we opened there were only one or two other record stores. Said owner Chuck Kubat.

Kubat said the store’s origin started in the state of Michigan and was so successful that they decided to come to Columbus.

Kubat said the ultimate goal was to have a store in the “top 10 or 13 universities” at the time. Two years after the store opened, however, the partnership dissolved. Kubat decided to keep its location open while the East Lansing location ultimately closed.

The store is small but has a very large collection of some of the most critically acclaimed albums of all time, as well as today’s latest releases in a wide selection of vinyls and CDs.

“Everything is intrinsic, every part,” Kubat said.

Magnolia Thunderpussy has been in the Columbus community for almost 50 years. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo editor

Kubat said the resurgence of vinyl is due both to the social aspect of visiting a vinyl store and to how new it is.

“I think the reason it sells is that, on the one hand, it makes your life more social,” Kubat said. “Whereas with digital you have your headphones on and you walk around, it’s not really a social thing. With vinyl, you go out and buy a record, then you take it home, call your friends and tell them to come see it.

With bigger companies like Amazon expanding their inventory to include a plethora of items, Magnolia is poised to grow and compete. They were one of the first Ohio vinyl stores to have an online presence with their own website and app for customers to shop online at the store.

The store is approaching its 50th anniversary soon and appears to remain one of the essential record stores in Columbus.


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