Downtown record store to sponsor Christmas event
BY COREY DAVIS
Friday, December 1, 2017
With several holiday activities happening this weekend in downtown Rocky Mount, a local record store is also offering the public a chance to attend a family-friendly event.
Station Square Records in Suite 162 of Station Square at 301 S. Church St. will sponsor a “Courtyard Concert,” featuring a Christmas tree lighting from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday. The Christmas tree lighting will take place on Nash Street, with available parking for people attending the event on South Church Street.
The Station Square Records’ Christmas tree lighting on Saturday will follow the lighting of the city of Rocky Mount’s Christmas tree as part of the First Friday event at the Imperial Centre and prelude the 62nd annual Rocky Mount Christmas Parade on Sunday afternoon.
In addition to the Christmas tree lighting, Kelliane Davis, a co-owner of Station Square Records, said the event will have a DJ on hand spinning vinyl records while playing a variety of current, throwback and Christmas music. She added local guitar player Jackson Wall also will perform Christmas music.
Davis said people coming to the event will also be able to purchase a hot cup of coffee, hot cocoa or apple cider from Sam Brothers’ Trax Coffee Bar that’s set to open in Station Square early next year. Brothers has owned Tarboro Coffee House in downtown Tarboro since September 2016.
Davis said the record store is excited to be a part of the kickoff to the holiday season events in the Twin Counties.
“As a new business, we want to show we’re part of the community,” Davis said. “We’re not just looking to sell stuff in our shop, but we also want to put things on in the community that will bring people that aren’t necessarily into collecting records or be customers of our store. We’re hoping they will at least be active participants in what is going on at Station Square and downtown. We’re just as big on having community events as we’re interesting in attracting new customers. If nobody buys anything on Saturday, we won’t be heartbroken because the purpose is for the people coming to have a good time.”
Davis said for people interested in purchasing items, the record store will be selling limited edition T-shirts, and Station Square Records is selling vinyl Christmas music records on sale featuring Christmas music from Frank Sinatra and Motown compilation hits. In addition, the store also will have gift certificates for sale.
“This could be good for someone looking for a Christmas gift that has a collector in the family,” Davis said.
Since opening this summer, Davis said, people who previously were going to Raleigh or Greenville or shopping online for vinyl records have supported the store. As the word has gotten around, Davis said, Station Square Records is getting new customers regularly
“We’re only doing limited hours and people have asked us about the possibility of us extending our hours,” Davis said. “We might look at hiring. The support by the community has been fantastic.”