Back in October, Phil Machemer, owner of Revolver Records on Hertel, announced that he was opening a second record shop on Elmwood Avenue. Earlier today I popped in to see Phil, to ask how business was on the street. Phil told me that he was humbled by the experience. He began by reminded me that he got his start selling vinyl in Buffalo just a block away on Elmwood, at The Peddler flea market. He also mentioned that he had set up a few of his own pop-up stands across the street, on Elmwood, in front of Bureau Clothing. So he had done his homework, and knew that if he could find a space somewhere along that same section of the Elmwood, he would most likely have a success on his hands.
As predicted, Revolver Records is doing great business on the street. Being the only record shop around, there is a captive audience. And seeing that vinyl is super hot right now, record sales are very upbeat.
Phil told me that his move into the former Spoiled Rotten space was a no brainer. There was very little he had to build out, as the interior served his needs perfectly. He even kept the neon pink and green paint motif. The only thing he has left to do is install a brand new awning, which he says is already on order. In the future, I hope that Phil takes full advantage of his building walls (facing north and south), which would be incredible canvases for revolving murals!
Revolver Records | 831 Elmwood Avenue | Buffalo NY 14222 | (716) 213-7604