MASSILLON While traveling in their 20s, Sam and TJ Heaton sought out record stores in the towns they visited.
Their time inside the stores became a litmus test of the community.
“You can get a taste for the scene,” Sam Heaton said.
So when an opportunity to purchase a new space in downtown Massillon came up, they jumped at the chance to enhance the city’s retail landscape with something different.
The Heatons, who also own and operate Art Bomb Tattoos, purchased the historic building at 46 Erie St. N to bring to life Erie Street Vinyl.
Massillon Development Foundation and Massillon Main Street
The building, built in 1916, is part of the city’s historic district that includes 91 buildings and one site, Veterans Memorial Park, located along Lincoln Way, First Street and Erie Street. The area is on the National Register of Historic Places.
It most recently was home to The Music Shoppe, but it also housed financial institutions as well as a cigar shop during the past century.
The Massillon Development Foundation and Massillon Main Street partnered to rehab the vacant downtown structure last year. They had plans to quickly “flip” the building to entice new business to the area.
The foundation purchased the vacant building in March 2020 for $50,000. Massillon Main