Over the past year, as we’ve slogged, cried and persevered our way through the pandemic, I’ve tried to offer up ways to support local music venues and musicians. This week I’m pulling a slightly different thread by suggesting some retail therapy in the form of record shopping in and around Portland and through local stores online. Not only will you support local businesses, you never know what you might find while out there flipping through the stacks.
I reached out to several shops in Portland to check in about sales during the pandemic and found that vinyl, which started its resurgence a few years back, is as popular as ever. Whether you’ve already jumped on the trend or are interested in starting a collection, here are places to look and what they have to offer.
151 Park St., (207) 773-7672, enterpriserecords.net. Open noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday.
Bob Wirtz opened Enterprise Records in 1987. He told me that the shutdown has been challenging, but he’s gotten by with some disaster relief funds and by selling some rare classical records online. Wirtz reopened in June, and he estimated that sales have recovered about 50 percent, but he’s also noticed that more people are