Like many of you, there are moments when the Retro-sense kicks in high gear and leads me to something wonderful . I had that experience last week during a lunch trip to Hollywood. I noticed a new business, The Record Parlour. Without any hesitation, my vinyl wrapped heart pointed me towards the door. Lunch would have to wait.
When I walked in, I found myself in retro rapture. The caretakers have a passion for the past as much as you and I.
Whoever was in charge was SERIOUS about their collection. This wasn’t a garage sale or smelly thrift shop where you have to dig through boxes of stuff to find the gems. The gems were on display and treated with love and respect. I spent several hours talking to the founder, taking pictures, flipping through vinyl and checking out some amazing electronics.
In their listening room, they had this gorgeous mid-century General Electric music cabinet which was lovingly restored to working condition. Yes, not only do they have an amazing collection of classic machines, they fix them up. On top of that, they even offer a 90 day warranty on all their restored items. (At the time of this writing, that cabinet was sold. At the time of my revision, one of the jukeboxes was sold.)
I had them pull some of their rare records for me to snap.
Love that Moog one… totally groovy artwork. I imagine that’s what by brain looks like when I’m floating in a daydream. I dug around the soundtracks and kids records and pulled up this little gem. I didn’t buy it, but I have my eye on it.
Something of note is that founder Chris Honetschlaeger has put EVERYTHING on sale. None of that, “wow, that looks cool but sorry you can’t buy it.” Aside from the great vinyl collection, there are all sorts of fun odds and ends you can check out. (If you look at the very bottom left, I donated my Fisher Price Movie Viewer — a little welcome gift.)
There were drawers full of old lighters, film slides and pocket knives.
I even found some great magazines and old menus! I could get lost in here for hours.
They have plenty of room for parties and it’s a great place to just hang and chat. The music curator, Chadwick Hemus, was formerly the head of vinyl at Amoeba Records. This guy is half human, half wax and I would imagine any other true LP connoisseurs are welcome to stop in and start a conversation.
Record stores are a rare breed these days. Even in the big cities, they have a hard time sticking around. So, it’s important that we stop in, enjoy them and drop a couple of bucks. At first, I was drawn in because of the stuff on sale. By the end, I was overwhelmed by the amount of passion that was on display. To find other like-minded vintage enthusiasts who handle the material with such love and care is truly the gem of The Record Parlour.
So, if you are in Hollywood, stop in at 6408 Selma Avenue. If you can’t make the trip, please show them some love on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.