Folks, I'm happy to report that Rochester's Bop Shop has secured space in a very nice location, about two miles from its present locale, on a major thoroughfare in an affluent neighborhood. Street level, easy access. It's about 1/3 larger than the present store. Owner Tom Kohn is hoping to start moving some fixtures and non-essentials next week, but as it's the vital Christmas retail season, there is so much regular business to do that managing the transition is nearly overwhelming. Meanwhile, records are coming in the door almost as fast as they go out - fantastic stuff that can't be passed up. Even after all these years of two large stores buying vinyl in this area, there appears to be no end to the treasures to be found. I spent a few hours at the store yesterday helping to organize the back room. While the Web site catalog is well tended, the floor murch overstock has been overtaken by too many albums and too little time to keep them filed. I re-shelved A through N of the Pop/Rock inventory and filed a ton. Let me tell you - today I'm resting! A move like this can be a great opportunity to start fresh in many ways. But right now, all the challenges are just bewildering. There will be a big fundraising event, with bands and DJs. We're hoping to find enough volunteer labor (with trucks and vans!) and depending on enough business in the next couple weeks to help defray the thousand and one expenses of settling a new home. There is a sidewalk sale Dec 17th, where a lot of that overstock will be priced to sell. If you can't visit Rochester until May, go to www.bopshop.com, and buy-baby-buy! There will be a bigger, better Bop Shop to greet you this spring. Former B-S clerk, Carl (Hope my commercial appeal doesn't violate any list rules.) Carl Pultz Alembic Productions Rochester, NY -----Original Message----- From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Michael Biel Sent: Saturday, November 05, 2011 9:50 PM To: [log in to unmask] Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Potentially sad news Leah and I went to this store last month when we were in Rochester for the ARSC board meeting. In fact, I was there twice. They had recently purchased a large college library's record collection and was still sorting it. I got a lot of nice things from the buck stuff in the hallway and 3 for $5 from the college library stuff. At least $100 of stuff (and a similar amount at the Record Archive) and had only begun to search. There is a lot of empty space in that rambling building, but that second entrance in the courtyard is far more convenient (I didn't know about it the first time and spend ten minutes trying to find it from inside the building. The signs inside the building are LOUSY.) I'd hate to see it go, but what could he do with that HUGE stock in there except open another store??? It's gotta be moved SOMEWHERE. Keep ARSC notified since the convention is there in May. Mike Biel [log in to unmask] -------- Original Message -------- Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Potentially sad news From: Aaron Levinson <[log in to unmask]> Date: Sat, November 05, 2011 11:35 am To: [log in to unmask] I always wanted to visit that store. Is real estate so in demand in Rochester that the owner could not find a suitable spot elsewhere in town? Perhaps even cheaper in today's wildly depressed real estate market. Or is he just too bushed to move the whole operation and start again Tom? Sent from my iPhone On Nov 5, 2011, at 10:26 AM, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > http://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20111105/LIVING/111050314/Bop-Sh op-losing-its-lease-Village-Gate-Square?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Home > > The Bop Shop is an awesome record store, I've never gone out of there empty-handed. Terrible if it closes up. One of my favorite browsing sites for spoken-word and un-categorized records, plus the dollar rack out in the hall has been the source of numerous good-condition sleeves and a few playable records. I've also had very fair trading with Tom Kohn, swapping some valuable LPs for fair price worth of Bop Shop merchandise. > > Record Archive, a couple miles away, probably has more selection, but I find it easier to browse in the Bop Shop and their merchandise requires less scrutiny before buying. If a record is priced $10 at the Bop Shop, it's in good shape and will sound fine.