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.