Denver record store changes hands after 33 years

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Jill and Paul Epstein opened the doorways to Twist and Shout over three many years in the past, welcoming Denver’s music collectors who love vinyl.

DENVER — After 33 years of operating legendary record store Twist and Shout, house owners Jill and Paul Epstein have determined its time to retire. 

The couple began the Denver store in 1988 on the unique location at 724 South Pearl St. Since then, the store has saved up with the time by not solely altering areas, however saved up with the change in music codecs from vinyl to the digital age.

“The store I purchased at a tax auction in 1988 was very poorly stocked, so I had to bring in at that time my (album) collection,” Paul Epstein stated. “Vinyl is king again now which I’m thrilled to say.”

The Epsteins had been each highschool English lecturers once they purchased the store within the 80s. But Paul stated music has all the time been his ardour.

“I am one of those kids who of a certain generation saw the Beatles on Ed Sullivan and it changed my life,” he stated. “Ever since that point, music has been the primary thing in my life.”

Twist and Shout moved into the present spot situated in Denver at 2508 E. Colfax Ave. in 2006, offering prospects with all the things from vinyl to Compact discs, blue rays and DVDs and quite a lot of music associated items. But he and his spouse really feel now’s the time for the store to vary hands. Recently, they introduced that their long-time normal supervisor Patrick Brown will take over because the store’s new proprietor.

“Patrick started as a customer and he was just another kid who came in the store,” Epstein stated. “I know he gets it and he’ll put his own stamp on it, but the core principles that made it a great store will remain.”

“I believe I’m the only person who’s worked at every single location we had,” Brown stated. “We’ve made a lot of decisions together, me working as the general manager here, so a lot of the feel you get in the store, I’ve had a hand in as well.”

Brown stated though there’s a change in possession serving to prospects store for data and thumb via bins remains to be precedence primary.

“Nothing is going to change on that front,” Brown stated. “The main change is not going to see Paul out there at the vinyl counter all the time.”

Epstein stated it doesn’t seem to be it’s been over 30 years since they first opened the doorways to the vinyl venue. He believes that the store has turn out to be a part of Denver life, and if it had been to vanish, an enormous gap within the cultural and musical lifetime of our metropolis would seem.

“Music is my passion, but the community is what we share together,” Epstein stated. “And that’s the thing that made this store so special was that the community met here, found common ground here, this was their place and I’m so proud of that, I’m so happy and grateful that its going on.”

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