Originally posted in the Charleston City Paper in February, 2015. Read the story here.
Written by Kelly Rae Smith
The Vinyl Countdown (props to whoever came up with that name) could open in downtown Charleston this year, pending the success of an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign that launched last week.
Hopeful record store owner Aaron Levy said on the site, “Our goal is not only to simply sell records, but to create a communal gathering space where people can listen to music (using headphones, over the stereo system, or live), discuss music and feel comfortable finding a place to sit down for a while, have a free cup of coffee, and enjoy the vibe.”
The $15,000 goal comes with contribution perks, like stickers, T-shirts, LP frames, gift cards, record players, music lessons, and more. The exact store location is yet to be determined, although Levy says it’s down to a couple of different spots in Elliotborough.
The campaign began on Feb. 8 and will close on April 9. With 58 days left to decide its fate, the store truly faces The Vinyl Countdown.