I've been to several cities around the Midwest this summer: Des Moines, Omaha, Kansas City, Minneapolis, and Madison. Each city has cool bars, restaurants, shops, neighborhoods, and RECORD STORES. Which makes me wonder: Why doesn't Cedar Rapids?

There's nothing cooler than the inside of a good record store. I love scanning through old and new vinyl and CD collections to discover new music. Cedar Rapids needs this. Sure, there's a solid option down in Iowa City with the Record Collector. But why should we have to travel 30 minutes south? This is a city with more than 100,000 people. We can't support a record store? And I mean a REAL record store, not some small section in a chain operation.

I'm envisioning a spot where hipsters fraternize with old rockers. Where local musicians browse right alongside audiophiles. A place with racks full of new and used music from both indie bands and mainstream acts.

Doesn't that sound great?

Like I said, I think we need this. How about you? Maybe if enough of us speak up, we can make this happen. Let's bring a legit record store to Cedar Rapids.

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