221 S 5th (1987)



  1. Mary Rotherham Smalley:

    I remember “saving” up, and then riding the bus downtow with friends to go to the Music Shop and buy a record – in the late 60’s. And then going home and playing my new 45! It was fun. I think they cost about 87 cents at the time – ha! And then a couple of years later, we would ride the bus home from SHA. There was a Sandy’s restaurant I think in the next block up, where we would stop and get a coke and fries while waiting to transfer to the S. 5th St bus. Yup, those were the good ol’ days!

    These pictures are awesome!

  2. I loved this store. I remember walking downtown and buying 45s at this place. The last record I remember buying from there is a 12 inch of Valley Girl by Moon Unit Zappa.

  3. Paul Davison:

    There was a Sandy’s until the early ’70s when it became a Hardee’s. I worked at a shoe store on 5th Street from 71-73 while I was at Griffin.

  4. Pat McLaughlin:

    Do I remember correctly that (back in the 60′) this store had booths where you could listen to the 45’s before you purchased them …

  5. Diane k seiz-davis:

    Yes Pat, I remember doing that, boy what a thing of the past.

  6. Craig R:

    The Platter on 4th & Adams S-E corner was my premier record store downtown until the mid 70’s. Wish they had a photo.

  7. Cheri S.:

    Does anyone remember the name of the popular shoe store on the corner of 5th and Monroe near the Senate theatre in the 60’s and 70’s? Every one I knew got their Capizio’s there.

  8. mike brennan:

    the bootery is the name of the shoe store.
    the record booths that you could listen to 45s at the music shop was along the south wall in the basement. i always wanted to do that when i was there but i never felt that comfortable in that store when i was a kid.

  9. John Collins:

    Wasn’t there also a record shop near the Capitol Building? I think it was on 2nd St between Monroe & Washington. But I haven’t been back in so long I could be wrong.

  10. John could you be thinking of the Platter at 4th and Adams?

  11. Charles Robson:

    I bought many records at this store when I worked down town and yes you could play them before you bought them.

  12. Dave Kane:

    The owner (or co-owner) of the Music Shop was the father of a high school classmate of mine, Mike Karpman (Southeast H.S. Class of 1977). I remember going there a lot. I might be wrong, but I think the old Music Shop is now occcupied by Sebastian’s. At least the layout — with a stairway going to the lower level of the restaurant when I went to eat there one time — reminded me of the Music Shop, which I know was roughly at that location on Fifth Street.

  13. I remember same as you, Mary and David and Pat and Diane. The listening booths (and easy way to listen to records you couldn’t or wouldn’t buy), the 45s you could skim through. Boy, talk about memories. I sure do miss our old downtown.

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