Record Store Day 2016

Andy Downing, Columbus Alive
Kyle Siegrist, owner of Clintonville's Lost Weekend Records

Record Store Day, a national event launched in 2008 and designed to celebrate local independent retailers, takes place on Saturday, April 16. For business owners like Kyle Siegrist of Lost Weekend Records, however, initial preparations for the event started months ago.

Initial purchases were made in January, with most orders due by the end of February - a huge financial outlay for the small retailer. When the order finally arrives - typically on Tuesday or Wednesday the week of the event - Siegrist and his two-person staff begin checking in and cataloging the product, which includes hundreds of limited-edition vinyl pressings. On RSD eve, things really kick into high gear and "it's all hands on deck," said Siegrist. Walls are stripped to create more room to highlight new product, and display racks are filled and organized.

Typically Siegrist finishes the final details somewhere around midnight on Friday, just as the first customers are starting to form a line in front of the store. By the time the shop opens at 8 a.m., the line can be as many as 125 people deep, and it will continue to extend from the door until somewhere around noon.

The crush of activity is a far cry from the event's first year, which featured just 10 titles and necessitated little additional manpower to navigate (these days part-time help is required to manage the increased business).

"Then in the second year ... we did our setup like the hour before, and when we opened [my employee] walked outside and was like, 'There are people sitting on the hill over there,'" Siegrist said. "'What? People came early? This is crazy.' And it has only gotten bigger."

The long hours and all-around craziness brought about by the day are certainly worthwhile, though. In addition to welcoming a slew of customers who could be making their first visit to the store, Siegrist said the weekend take can equal up to two full months of regular business.

Here are some of the special events RSD attendees can expect to find at Lost Weekend and other local independent record retailers on Saturday.

Ace in the Hole Music Exchange

1153 Kenny Centre Mall, Upper Arlington

614-457-5666

aceintheholemusic.com

Offering: A selection of Record Store Day-exclusive titles

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Broken Records and Beehives

1517 Hess St. #100., Grandview

614-564-9411

facebook.com/brokenrecordsandbeehives

Offering: A selection of Record Store Day-exclusive titles; 15 percent off all new and used LPs/CDs (RSD titles excluded); in-store performances by Wake the Trees, Andy Bopp, Matt Monta and more

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Elizabeth's Records

3037 Indianola Ave., Clintonville

614-569-6009

elizabethsrecords.webs.com

Offering: 25 percent off used titles; PromoWest concert ticket giveaways

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Lost Weekend Records

2960 N. High St., Clintonville

614-268-8423

lostweekendrecords.com

Offering: A selection of Record Store Day-exclusive titles; exclusive RSD releases from Mr. Tiger and The Electric Hand; sales on new and used merchandise run Friday-Monday, April 15-18; PromoWest concert ticket giveaways; food trucks beginning at 6 a.m. on Saturday; mobile screen printing courtesy of Alison Rose

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Magnolia Thunderpussy

1155 N. High St., Short North

614-421-1512

thunderpussy.com

Offering: A selection of Record Store Day-exclusive titles; in-store giveaways

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Records Per Minute

2579 N. High St., Old North

facebook.com/recordsperminute

Offering: A selection of Record Store Day-exclusive titles

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Roots Records

1357 N. High St., Short North

614-294-7611

rootsrecords.com

Offering: A selection of Record Store Day-exclusive titles; 20 percent off used LPs; in-store DJs; refreshments

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Spoonful Records

116 E. Long St., Downtown

614-586-1918

spoonfulrecords.blogspot.com

Offering: A selection of Record Store Day-exclusive titles; 20 percent off used vinyl; in-store raffle for a pair of tickets to PromoWest Fest and a Dogfish Head turntable; food trucks; free swag bags for the first 200 customers.

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Used Kids Records

1980 N. High St., Campus

614-421-9455

usedkidsrecords.com

Offering: A selection of Record Store Day-exclusive titles; in-store performances beginning at 11:30 a.m. and featuring Motel Beds, J Rawls, the Kyle Sowashes and more; refreshments