“Everything was pretty rough, pretty raw,” said Eric, a retired Army veteran and nurse.
They toured the country, went to Foo Fighter concerts and Eric said “a lot of their music helped all of us through.”
Then they kept finding feathers as Maria loved feathers, he said. While he’s not superstitious, it was curious, he said. So Eric and Jack got large forearm-length tattoos to honor Marie ― Mitchell will get his feather when he turns 18 ― and it was also a tribute to Grohl, who has a pair of forearm-length feather tattoos.
The idea to open a music shop occurred after Jack had a difficult time shipping a guitar on a website, and due to a laborious process, he ended up losing money on the deal. They had a conversation and “one thing led to another” and the idea for the record store surfaced.
Eric had his doubts.
“I was like, ‘Yeah, I’d like to throw money down a hole. Sure,’” he said.
But he didn’t know the local music stores have blossomed in recent years, including Plaid Room Records in Loveland to Main Street Vinyl and Third Street Music in Hamilton.
It took just one trip to Plaid Room Records for him to concede, “Let’s try it. We’ll have some fun.”
Now the plan is to sell vintage albums, including 45s, and guitars, band t-shirts, and music accessories, like record players and speakers. They also are inviting bands to play, and the displays are on wheels so they can accommodate various setups. Every Friday and Saturday they plan to have live music, but Eric said “we’ll have live shows whenever somebody wants.
“The plan is if somebody wants to play on a Tuesday afternoon, come on in and do it,” he said. “It doesn’t have to be music. It could be spoken word, poetry.”
Fairfield Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kert Radel said people are discovering, and in some cases re-discovering, the “special sound” of vinyl records.
“It really is a resurgence,” said Radel, a former radio DJ.
While he’s glad to see a surge in new small businesses coming to Butler County and Fairfield to hang a shingle, the key to their success is, however, customers supporting those businesses.
“Without their support, the small business people would not be able to continue to operate. (Customers) need to support, not just on Saturday once a year, but Small Business Day should be every day,” said Radel.
Eventually, they want to work with other record stores and music stores in the region so they could “make the area almost into a music spot, kind of a music draw.”
The long-term plan isn’t just to sell albums, but to create an independent label, similar to Plaid Room Record’s Colemine Records label.
But for now, Eric said, “Let’s get this down first, see how it goes. And as we meet more people and more doors open, we’ll see what happens.”