Scooter’s Records plans Wed­nes­day open­ing

Starkville Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - By RYAN PHILLIPS ed­i­tor@starkvilledai­

A new in­de­pen­dent record store will of­fi­cially open up shop this week on the fringes of the Cot­ton Dis­trict.

Scooter's Records owner Scott Thomas moved into his new lo­ca­tion - a for­mer tan­ning sa­lon - on Univer­sity Drive in early Oc­to­ber and be­gan the task of ren­o­vat­ing the space to be­come Starkville's only record store.

“I wanted to be where there's walk­ing traf­fic,” Thomas said. “If I had to be in a strip mall or on High­way 12, I didn't think that was go­ing to work out for me or I would be happy. I wanted to be in the mid­dle of the stu­dents.”

The new store is roughly 1,400 square feet and will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week to be­gin with, but Thomas said even­tu­ally he would flesh out a day to have the store closed.

“I've got to have a day, just to con­duct busi­ness for me, so it can't be on a Sun­day be­cause of that, so I'm toy­ing around with be­ing off Mon­day,” Thomas said. “Maybe on Sun­day, I might not open till 12 p.m. or 1 p.m. be­cause of the church crowd.”

Thomas has had his eye on the lo­ca­tion for the past two years and said he has a plethora of ideas con­cern­ing what the store can of­fer other than new and used vinyl records and ac­ces­sories.

“Even­tu­ally, I would like to get cof­fee into my place and push the hours back, open up ear­lier so peo­ple could come in and do cof­fee,” Thomas said. “I want to have, when the weather is nice, set up a tent out front and still do these pop up things.”

Lead­ing up to get­ting the store open, Thomas has also been in­volved with the Greater Good Col­lec­tive and has been a sta­ple at the group's Sun­day Fun­day pop-up shop events, which he said he wanted to try to main­tain once the stand­alone store is open.

“I was do­ing that this sum­mer and that gave me the con­fi­dence it was go­ing to work out on top of build­ing up some cap­i­tal,” Thomas said.

Thomas worked for the city of Starkville for 28 years and re­cently re­tired be­fore de­vot­ing his time to get­ting his busi­ness off the ground. He cred­ited the resur­gence in pop­u­lar­ity of vinyl records as a cat­a­lyst for mak­ing his dream a re­al­ity.

“I wanted to do a record store in the 90s when I got out of col­lege, but records were go­ing away,” Thomas said. “Records are go­ing back in style and all of the col­lege towns around here have record stores.”

While the store will be of­fi­cially opened on Wed­nes­day, Thomas said he plans to hold a grand open­ing event some time af­ter Thanks­giv­ing.

“Peo­ple have been walk­ing by stick­ing their heads in the door,” Thomas said. “I've been wad­ing my way through it but ev­ery bit of it has been fun.”

(Photo by Ryan Phillips, SDN)

Scooter's Records on Univer­sity Drive plans to open on Wed­nes­day and will of­fer new and used records, ac­ces­sories and more.

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