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Monday, June 1, 2015

Another Spring Street addition: Eclectic Cafe & Vinyl

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Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Mon, Jun 1, 2015 at 7:15 AM

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It's been five years since downtown had a dedicated record store. When the much loved 52.5 closed in 2010, vinyl collectors, who didn't want to drive off the peninsula, were left with few options — buy the latest pop LP at Urban Outfitters, scour the retro goods at Honest John's TV Repair Shop at 509 King St, or grab a local album at Charleston Music Hall. But come this fall, there will be a new place to go. Garrett Garnos plans to open Eclectic Cafe & Vinyl at 132 A Spring St.

The 35-year-old South Dakotan moved to Charleston after graduating from University of South Carolina School of Law and says he's been collecting records from across the country his whole life. "Missouri is a great place to find vintage records because there aren't any record stores there," he says. It's in antique stores that the music lover has found the majority of his vast collection that spans everything from obscure punk bands to The Beatles to Waylon Jennings. "I've been collecting some newer stuff lately as well," he says. 

But even with his own passion for record collecting, Garnos is pragmatic about the prospects of opening a vinyl store with no parking in 2015. "That's why I've decided to add the restaurant," he explains. Eclectic Cafe will be made in Kudu's image and will offer breakfast options, sandwiches at lunch, and food and beer in the evenings. "We'll have an espresso machine, two craft beers on tap, and PBR or Coors Light options as well," he says.

But don't let the PBR fool you. Garnos says Eclectic isn't an attempt to up the twee factor on Spring. "I'm not a hipster. I'm just a farmer from South Dakota who loves records," he says. No joke. We checked and indeed Garnos does own a farm back in his native state. 

So what's his motivation? "I love going to coffee shops and reading. Actually I'm probably the guy who stays too long at coffee shops," he says. With that in mind, Garnos plans to welcome the linger longer crowd whether they're just reading or searching for a used copy of Icky Thump. And to keep quality in check, he says used records will all be either site or sound tested and graded and priced according to condition. "No records with clear repeats or skips will be sold," he says.  

Garnos hopes to have Eclectic Cafe & Vinyl open by October 1. 

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