Posted Oct 3rd, 2018 in Retail Roundup
IMAGE COURTESy OF CORAL NAUDET
Nostalgia beckons as you enter the Gravity Records store on Castle Street. Memories of the days before digital music loom large as you browse the racks full of vinyl records and regret creeps in as you recall discarding boxes of dusty LPs years ago to make room for your growing collection of shiny CDs.
Thankful to have music available in a more compact, portable and seemingly more robust form, few of us considered the loss of sound quality or the fact that we were forfeiting a piece of music history. Who knew that despite the convenience of modern digital music, we would once again crave the wholesome sound and feel of vinyl records?
The cyclical nature of trends like this led to the increasing popularity of niche stores like Gravity Records. Serving the Wilmington community for 14 years, Gravity Records relocated to Castle Street almost six years ago. The owner, Matt Keen, wanted to be in this area so he could contribute more to the Downtown community and be a positive addition to the growing Castle Street Arts and Antiques District.
The clientele in Matt’s store is diverse and the requests varied. Beyond popular requests for The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, people of all ages and backgrounds ask for almost any genre of music. He says when families come in, he witnesses some unique bonding across the generations.
Whatever your music tastes, whether you are local or a visitor from out-of-state, Matt will endeavor to find something to suit your taste. He also repairs and sells old turntables and if you’re willing to part with your old vinyl records, you can trade them in. Matt also hosts up-and-coming musicians for small gigs at the back of the store.
Stop by Gravity Records on Castle Street to revive old memories,
re-stock your vinyl collection and pay homage to great music.
Hours: Mon – Sat, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Sun, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
612 Castle St
Wilmington, NC 28401