When David Brown started selling CDs and records in his bookstore, David’s Used Bookstore, he didn’t expect his business to grow into another store, Boulevard Records, the only store in Greenville thats whole inventory is vinyl records and other sources of music.
“That’s when I decided to kind of expand and start doing records,” Brown said. “Mostly because the demand has been so high. It was a small, side thing out of the bookstore originally, I had a little bit of everything.”
The store, which is located on Greenville Boulevard, is the one of the few sources available for those interested in buying vinyl records of older and newer music. Brown attributed his store’s success to the growing demand for alternatives to digital music.
“If you ask different people, they'll be different opinions on it but for me, I think it’s because the younger kids nowadays, they’ve only grown up with digital music like iTunes, Pandora and Spotify,” Brown said. “It’s only been about a month and things have been going really well.
Boulevard Records offers around three thousand new titles, two to three thousands used, as well as several collections of CDs, 45’s and other music sources, according to Brown.
Brown said his store is not only unique to the area, but the records the store supplies also offer something special. He said the store offers customers the opportunity to order records from a distributor that has access to thousands of albums and artists. Most other places, Brown said, such as thrift stores, usually only offer older records.
“It’s the only place in town where you can get the new stuff, that’s another thing we do, if there's anything really obscure that we don't have in stock they can come in, and I can look it up through my distributor and I can order the stuff that’s gotten released lately,” Brown said.
While vinyl records may often be associated with the past, Brown said his customer base generally consists of younger students interested in the records the store offers.
“I’ll have older people and younger, but I would say it is a lot of younger people,” Brown said. “I also feel like part of that is because it's (near) ECU, it’s a college town. I do have a lot of young people come in and buy the newer stuff.”
Brown said he hopes to see the store grow organically and expand into larger locations to serve more customers.
“For the future, I would obviously like to grow,” said Brown. “Maybe moving to a new location like I did with my bookstore and be able to expand. Right now I have CDs and little bit of 45’s but hopefully we’ll be expanding those in the next couple of months.”