Vintage vinyl is back on Rochester's Broadway.
It all started when Hussein "Huss" Esmailzadeh began selling old records in his Man Cave Consignment store in the 21th Century Building at 2130 S. Broadway. It didn't take long until the growing popularity of vintage vinyl overshadowed everything else in his store.
"I decided to split off and open Rochester Records. I'm phasing the Man Cave out of the physical store and moving it online," said Esmailzadeh.
He's re-organizing the building, which he owns, to open up about 2,000 square feet for the record store. While the change is in process, he is open and has about 7,000 to 8,000 records, CDs, cassettes and DVDs available for sale.
Rochester Records also offers an album locator for people looking for any particular disc from the past.
Esmailzadeh expects to really turn up the volume soon. A consignment dealer out of the Twin Cities is bringing down about 50,000 records to sell in the near future. He also is lining up eight-track tapes, reel-to-reel movies and other vintage media for the store.
Next to him, Rochester's Just for Kix dance studio is moving in and preparing to start classes in September. The studio previously was located downtown in the Conley Maass building, which has been renovated into office space and for a new restaurant, the Bleu Duck Kitchen.
The return of vinyl brings back memories of when Rochester had several chain music stores as well independent ones carrying used records and CDs, like Broadway Records and Face The Music.