(Image courtesy of Paddyrock.com)
Situated in the midst of a modest strip mall off of Route 1 in Woodbridge, NJ lies a storefront bearing a sign simply reading “Records” in all-capital red letters. Many cars pass by the establishment each day, not knowing that they are passing perhaps the greatest record store in the state. This store is called Vintage Vinyl, and those cars might just be passing by a well-known national touring act making an in-store appearance that day.
The store features racks and racks of CD’s at its center with rare/out-of-print vinyl records to the left, new and used vinyl to the right, and a small stage against the back wall. Not only is the vinyl selection superb and expansive, but they have promotional in-store events where patrons can attend an intimate performance and meet and greet with their favorite artists. Their website features dates various artists are appearing in-store to promote their newest releases. If you want to attend one of these events, simply pre-order the album at the store, get a wristband granting entry to the event, and that’s it. Sometimes, you can get a copy of the artists’ albums early and the artists will almost always sign it for you when they’re done performing.
In my middle school years, I used to visit the store to acquire my favorite artists’ CD’s and did not venture out to the store for a number of years until I went to college and developed an interest in collecting vinyl my freshman year. I then began visiting Vintage Vinyl at least once a week and quickly built a record collection I am still adding onto. Their selection of new and out-of-print vinyl allows collectors to both revisit their favorite classics and discover new artists to add to their collections. Sometimes, they’ll even have rare finds hiding amongst the racks. The last rare record I happened upon was a pressing of The Movielife’s This Time Next Year, and you better believe I bought that.
(Into it. Over it. Performing at Vintage Vinyl, photo courtesy of store website)
The last in-store I attended was for Into it. Over it.’s event promoting his newest album Intersections. Into it. Over it. is the one-man musical project created by Cherry Hill, NJ native Evan Weiss. Not only is Evan a fantastic musician, but he is also one of the most genuine, down-to-earth people in the current touring circuit. Meeting him and watching him play in such an intimate setting was one of the greatest shows I have ever experienced.
With Vintage Vinyl, not only do you get an incredible selection to explore, but you also have the chance to meet the people that make the music you love. Certainly, it is one of the most unique places to experience in the Garden State.