IIRC, that store was a very narrow "hole in the wall", but filled with all kinds of 
78's and LP's, run by Ernie LeMire and his wife.
Lemire had fascinating stories of the NY record scene.

There was another store which specialized in 78's - the owner wrote a discography
of classical vocals with price guide - prices are long outdated, but the book was a
reasonable guide to what was issued.  Don't remember the names.......

I think it would be an interesting project to compile a directory to these
long gone stores, the people, and their foibles.

Sea of Records in SF

Discophile in NYC - the wonderful manager there introduced me to the 
recordings of many magnificent singers.  After Tower dealt the death blow to
Discophile, he worked at the record dept. of Bremen House.

Best wishes, Thomas.

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I hope this gets posted all right. I seem to have problems about  doing 
that. But I mean well.
  The message about Dayton's in NYC rings a bell for me. I remember  being 
in Manhattan in 1974/5. A friend took me to Dayton's and other  stores. 
Wasn't there also Darton's? And the Seventh Avenue Record Exchange. A  small 
shop with all of the records on shelves behind the counter. I  was especially 
eager to get Victor LM-1760, Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with  Milstein, 
Munch, and the BSO. A short-lived LP, even then long out of print. The  
proprietor had one and pulled it off the shelf. After some conversation he  said 
"$20.00." I was a penurious kid then, and had to say no. (I later  found a nice 
copy for much less.)
  I was told later that the owner of the store had been murdered by  some 
robber who came in during the day and instead of just letting him get away,  
the owner chased him out onto Seventh Avenue, with which the robber shot  
him to death.
  I remember that his widow went on with the Seventh Avenue Record  
Exchange for a while thereafter. My friend and I were in NYC then and old LPs  came 
up at Ludus Tonalis. Someone said, referring to the Seventh Avenue widow,  
"have you checked with the spider lady?"
  Steve Smolian and perhaps others will know the entire,  correct stories.
  Don Tait