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rat­ing them!” wrote reader Tr­ish Cu­sack. “Like Salon of Mu­sic, Mu­sic Manor con­tained lis­ten­ing booths. My mother re­mem­bers lis­ten­ing to a doc­u­men­tary al­bum about the Bea­tles in one such booth.”

BRUBAKER’S: One of the old­est record stores, it op­er­ated on Datura Street in West Palm Beach from at least the late 1940s. It also sold pi­anos and sheet mu­sic. A 1946 ad said it was “The Palm Beaches Most Com­plete Record Store.”

PEACHES: This was the first of the big chain record stores of the ’80s and ’90s, de­but­ing on Okee­chobee Boule­vard in West Palm Beach in 1980. (Other chains also came and went: Spec’s, Camelot Mu­sic, Mu­si­cland, Bor­ders.) At its open­ing, Peaches car­ried about $500,000 worth of records and tapes, ac­cord­ing to a Post story. It was well­known for its wooden dis­play cases and old-timey, fruit crate-style logo. It also had a store on Pal­metto Park Road in Boca Ra­ton. That lo­ca­tion em­ployed a young as­so­ciate named Brian Warner, who later went on to fame as shock rocker Mar­i­lyn Man­son. In 1991, Tony

Ben­nett popped into the Boca store to pro­mote his lat­est al­bum.

THE RECORD STA­TION: It was at the Green­wood Shop­ping Cen­ter in Palm Springs in the ’80s and ’90s, of­fer­ing a line of gift prod­ucts as well as mu­sic. “Great place to get ob­scure stuff,” wrote John Wood. It was also one of those record stores that sold con­cert tick­ets. In 1985, read­ers camped out overnight with lawn chairs and blan­kets to buy tick­ets for Prince’s fi­nal con­cert of his “Pur­ple Rain” tour at the Or­ange Bowl. (Con­cert fans, try not to weep while read­ing this: Tick­ets were sell­ing for $19, and the most ex­clu­sive seats, the “Pur­ple Cir­cle” in the first five rows, cost only $100.) The store moved in 2001 to For­est Hill Boule­vard in West Palm Beach and lasted for awhile as Mu­sic, Movies and More — the more be­ing ev­ery­thing from wind chimes to posters to in­cense.

SOUND SPLASH: This was Palm Beach County’s alt-mu­sic hang­out of the late ’80s and ’90s. It opened in 1989 in a Palm Beach Gar­dens shop­ping plaza on North­lake Boule­vard, then moved to Okee­chobee near Peaches. It fo­cused on al­ter­na­tive rock and reg­gae, and sold con­tro­ver­sial records such as 2 Live Crew’s “As Nasty As They Wanna Be.” Sound Splash closed in 1999, but was res­ur­rected in 2001 for awhile in the West Palm Beach in­dus­trial district on Ge­or­gia Av­enue, where its funky, anti-es­tab­lish­ment vibe made it a fun place to visit. Owner Matt Reynolds also gave young up-and­com­ing bands a needed venue. As Reynolds told The Post in 2001: “When I feel like I’ve made a con­tri­bu­tion is when a band gets to play that wouldn’t get to play any­where else or when some­body comes

in and finds a re­ally au­then­tic piece of mu­sic.”

CRAIG’S RECORDS: Owner Craig Ogozaly ran this record em­po­rium in a Lake Park ware­house area for more a decade, be­gin­ning in 1990. Along with Con­fu­sion Records, it made tiny Lake Park the county’s vinyl cap­i­tal. Like Con­fu­sion, Craig’s was very clut­tered. Ogozaly, who also was a roofer and ded­i­cated surfer, had close to 200,000 45 rpm sin­gles, but kept about 20,000 in the store, along with 30,000 LPs. He started the busi­ness be­cause his wife couldn’t stand all the records over­flow­ing in their home. The hunt of seek­ing out old, rare records was an in­com­pa­ra­ble thrill, he told the Post: “It’s like sex. It just lasts longer.”

The in­te­rior of Salon of Mu­sic’s West Palm Beach store on Olive Av­enue, around 1959-60, judg­ing from the al­bums on sale.


Brubaker’s, in down­town West Palm Beach, a pi­ano store that also stocked records.

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