This is of course great news for vinyl lovers. Brooklyn Record Exchange will be operated by the label Mexican Summer who will also be opening a store in Greenpoint at 87 Guernsey Street. They have a soft launch this Thursday and are officially open for business on Saturday. The store will feature music from the Mexican Summer label, but will have 30,000 records ranging from indie to jazz to classic rock. From Billboard:
The indie label is entering the retail business with a new shop housed in the same compound as the venue Elsewhere in Bushwick. While vinyl sales continue to rise, reaching their highest level since 1988 last year, recapturing the classic spirit of the record store has proved a more challenging task. But it’s one that Mexican Summer label founders Andrés Santo Domingo and Keith Abrahamsson and Co-Op 87’s Mike Hunchback and Ben Steidel are taking on with Brooklyn Record Exchange, a new venture they’re bringing to a sunny strip of industrial Bushwick.
Their shop — soft launching Thursday before opening in full on Saturday — is housed in the same compound as the venue Elsewhere, which brings a diverse array of artists to the area through its two performance spaces.
“We knew the guys from Elsewhere when they were Glasslands [a venue in Williamsburg which closed in 2015]. When they first started thinking of moving the venue they found these developers that set them up and were like, ‘We’ll move you guys out here, we’ll build a site-specific venue in this industrial part of Bushwick,’” says Santo Domingo. “They came to us saying that they were looking for other tenants there. They wanted a restaurant and a cool store, and they thought of us because they knew we wanted to do a record store.”