Thursday, April 8, 2010
Get Your Groove On
Silver Spring has been sprung. The once faltering downtown business district has been revived and revamped. It now features a wildly popular faux Main Street lined with chain stores and restaurants. (Ever the contrarian, I tend to haunt places like the Quarry House (1937) Dale Music (1950) and Tastee Diner(1946) all local old school hold outs.)
One welcome change, however, is that Silver Spring has become the shopping/swapping district for vinyl. The CD Game Exchange, Roadhouse Oldies and now Joe's Record Paradise (which migrated from Rockville) are all within a few blocks of each other. Joe has been pushing vinyl since 1974, and the shop is now in a former pool hall which is an enormous space. Look for the grand opening party this Saturday with live music from 3-6 p.m.