Monday, April 22, 2013
Vinyl gets a revival as shoppers flock to pick up rare releases at Stormy Records and Dearborn Music.
Independent record stores in Dearborn enjoyed a vinyl revival Saturday when music fans came out in droves to support international Record Store Day. Customers stood outside Dearborn Music and Stormy Records on Michigan Avenue from early Saturday morning, hoping to nab one of the many limited-edition releases by The White Stripes and other national artists. "We had a great customer turnout," Rick Leannis of Dearborn Music said. "A lot of people got what they wanted; it's like Christmas." Leannis said the store was open by 8:30 a.m., but by 8 a.m. a line of roughly 125 people was already forming. "Our earliest customer was standing at the door at 3 a.m.," he said. "The whole event can be stressful because we want to make sure we have the …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
The sixth annual event takes place on Saturday and will feature rare and new releases available for purchase on vinyl and CD.
Editor's note: This story has been updated to include information from Stormy Records in east Dearborn. Mark your calendar and prepare your wallet: This Saturday, April 20, marks the sixth annual Record Store Day. "It's by far our best sales down all year," Rick Leannis, Dearborn Music co-owner said. "Last year we had 125 people lined up before the store even opened." Founded by an indie record shop employee back in 2007, the movement has become a worldwide phenomenon for musicians and record collectors. So why is the event so popular? "It's a celebration of music," Leannis said. "Hundreds of musicians release limited-run music, mostly on vinyl, to the stores on Record Store Day. It's sort of like a lottery where everyone wins." This year'…
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The Dearborn staple is now open at 22501 Michigan Ave.
It's official: Dearborn Music has new digs. After 53 years in the same location, the store reopened its doors at 22501 Michigan Ave. on Monday, in the Newman Street plaza. Though staff are still settling inventory in at the new spot, customers are encouraged to stop by and keep shopping. Owner Rick LeAnnais announced the move in June, citing need for a smaller space and free parking as the major reasons. The store had been at its previous location, on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Monroe Street in downtown west Dearborn, for 53 years. There's no word on what will become of the now-empty corner spot, which is owned by local developer Hakim Fakhoury.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
The CD and record store has been part of Dearborn for more than 50 years.
Dearborn Music will likely be in its new space by the time the holiday shopping season rolls around. The west Dearborn store—which sells new and used records, CDs and DVDs, as well as music memorabilia—has been in its current location on the corner of Monroe and Michigan Avenue since 1959. Rick LeAnnais announced the store's impending move in June to a new location three blocks west on Newman Street. However, complications with the building and city approval delayed the move, which was originally expected to take place by the beginning of fall. Now, LeAnnais said, they're just waiting on the city to approve their certificate of occupancy. "We're hoping to get in during the next two weeks," he said. "It will be an easy transition from one …
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Don't worry–the Dearborn staple isn't leaving town!
When Dearborn Music moved to its current location in west downtown Dearborn, the year was 1959. Then owned by the father of current proprietor Rick LeAnnais, the music industry–and the city of Dearborn–were very different than they are today. And so, like the switch from records to tapes to CDs to digital, Dearborn Music is changing, too: By this fall, if all goes as expected, the store will have a new home. Albeit, they're only moving three blocks west to the old Pier One store on Newman Street, but the decision was still a tough one. "It really is a difficult decision," LeAnnais said. "The big factor is that the business keeps evolving." Currently, Dearborn Music sits in a 6,500-square-foot space carved out of four parcels on the corner …
Saturday, April 21, 2012
It was lines out the door, vinyl galore and 20 percent off coupons for all customers at the Dearborn record store on Saturday.
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Saturday, April 21, 2012
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
The PBS show features cool eateries, unique shops and hot spots at Michigan cities. Dearborn's episode will air Oct. 1.
On Tuesday afternoon, Dearborn's M&M Cafe was packed with diners. But the sign on the door read closed. Instead of a lunchtime rush, the popular eatery was filled with local "extras" for the filming of Under the Radar: Michigan, a PBS show that features the state's hidden gems–from local restaurants to shops to landmarks and people. M&M was one of several spots the film crew and UTR host Tom Daldin stopped during their day of filming in Dearborn. The day began with a visit to Dearborn Music, where Daldin discussed the life of a local record shop. Next it was on to M&M, then stops at the Arab American National Museum and Green Brain Comics. Many of Under the Radar's Dearborn stops were hand-picked by Ismael Ahmed, an associate provost at …