We’d been wanting to stop in and check out Pi Records for a month, ever since hearing about their opening in mid-October in downtown Cherryville, NC. It’s always fun to visit a brand new store, but this one is close enough to hit on a lunch break from us…which is both awesome and dangerous depending on the status of our bank account at any given point.
The 3 owners, Rick, Phil, and Brett met at Gaston College and decided to go into business together. The result is the location on Main St. in downtown, across from what used to be “The Great Outdoors” near the main intersection.
A lot of work went into the space to get it ready for opening, and the results are super. It’s not a large retail space, long with a single center merchandise set of shelves and an aisle on both sides.
The majority of the vinyl for sale are new/sealed, priced competitively. They are in the process of building up their inventory, especially with RSD Black Friday and Small Business Saturday coming up quickly.
The used selection is light, and they mentioned they are very actively looking to buy vinyl so if you’re looking to sell, take note.
We’ll definitely keep checking in as they increase the selection vinyl-wise. As of now my guesstimate would put them at under 500 albums in stock.
They also have a great selection of cds, 7″ vinyl, and limited selection of cassettes as well as portable turntables and other great gift ideas including lava lamps and music-related Funko Pops.
You’ll also want to check out their t-shirts on display as well as large posters. Also, in the back area of the store they have setup a nice listening station/lounge area.
One of the best things about 2019 for us has been seeing many new store openings across North and South Carolina. Be sure to keep supporting these locally-owned, independent stores and if you’re in the Cherryville, NC area (in NW Gaston County, not far from i-85 or Hwy. 321) be sure to stop in and spend some $$$ at this one.
What did we buy?
There was about a dozen titles I really wanted, but I had to hold back cause our daughter is counting on a Nintendo Switch for Christmas and Daddy, er, Santa isn’t made of money. 😀
So, we got the new Lacuna Coil, a Public Enemy classic reissued in 2014, the “banned” cover Poison album from the late 80s. The Doors’ debut via Rhino reissue (Rhino has been doing a phenomenal job on rock reissues btw).
Also grabbed a used copy of The Kinks’ “Sleepwalker” album as an upgrade copy. Next I had to get a couple of Pop! figurines and she came away with a t-shirt.
Finished it out with a stack of stickers, and they have our daughter a couple David Bowie stickers before we left. (SJ is a huge Bowie fan, cause we’re raising her right!)