BROOKFIELD, Conn. — Cassettes have come and gone, and most music is now downloaded onto your iPod or phone. But vinyl has never gone out of style, say the folks at Gerosa Records, which recently marked three decades in business.
The Federal Road retailer, which was opened in 1986 by Brian Gerosa, carries the largest inventory of vinyl in the area, he said in a Daily Voice phone interview.
"We have more of a younger crowd now into vinyl," Gerosa said. And he enjoys a second generation of musics lovers among his loyal customers.
"Some of our customers came in for the first time in a baby carriage with their parents," Gerosa said.
That's one of the "good things about being in the same area for decades," he said.
In the 1,500-square-foot store, customers can find everything from LPs, to 45s, as well as CDs, concert DVDs, books, posters, and other memorabilia.
The record store always attracted a young clientele, he said. It also caters to people who love classic rock and roll, jazz and blues as well as record collectors and music fanatics like himself "from the time I was a young kid."
"I consumed a lot of music. I definitely take it very seriously," Gerosa said. "It's not just commodities on shelves. I'm not selling a commodity. I'm selling what I love. It makes people happy. I love it every day. I love coming to work."
And while music trends have come and gone, more dramatic is the range of products his store stocks. That is in part due to a steady stream of customers and collectors stopping by to sell their stuff.
"I buy records every day. [Customers] bring in records," he said. "The amount of stuff on a daily basis is enough to satisfy most people. As long as they keep coming, the [merchandise] keeps moving."
Vinyl has always been "in," he said.
Music lovers such as Gerosa do not mince words on the topic.
"It has a warmer sound for sure. And there's the whole album cover with lyrics of songs and pictures. It's a much more warm, personal thing," he said.
"For me, it's about putting the needle down on a record, as opposed to hitting a button. The sound of music on a computer is convenient but is very compressed. It loses something."
Gerosa Records at 246 Federal Road, Brookfield is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. The store is closed Mondays.
For more information on the store, click here or call 203-775-7074.
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