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Amid seemingly countless headlines about layoffs and retailer closures, there’s an surprising vibrant spot within the Bay Space’s retail sector: Report shops are thriving. There are about 20 in Alameda County alone, and new ones are popping up consistently, like mushrooms after a winter downpour. The openings are a part of a nationwide growth in vinyl; whereas streaming stays the dominant mode of music consumption within the U.S., information have outsold each CDs and digital albums since 2021.
I’ve been “digging” — the time period aficionados use for looking file bins for a gem — because the Nineteen Nineties, so I perceive the thrill of attempting to find the right LP. And but, I used to be shocked to be taught that simply half of present file consumers really personal a file participant. Clearly, there’s one thing deeper at play right here than renewed affection for the tactile expertise of dropping a needle on an album. To grasp the development, I armed myself with a pocket book, a tote bag and an inside promise to not spend extra on information than I’m getting paid for this text. Then I headed to the East Bay outlets on the forefront of the growth.