Monday, July 20, 2009

Meet Your Neighbors: Independent record seller a downtown fixture for two decades

Another great article about a local record shop, this one from Grand Junction, Colorado:

By Sharon Sullivan
Free Press Staff Writer

Triple Play Records is an anachronism.

Rock Cesario, owner of Triple Pay Records in downtown Grand Junction, opened the store in May 1988.
Sharon Sullivan I Free Press

With its tie-dyed clothing, incense, and collection of new and used vinyl records (as well as CDs), the independent music store is reminiscent of the 1970s when record stores were less glossy, and more earthy. It's not necessary to have grown up in that era, however, to appreciate Triple Play's vibe.

Owner Rock Cesario's clientele ranges from baby boomers and teenagers who come for the music and conversation, to kids passing time while their parents shop downtown.

Signed photographs of rock stars, a collage of the Beatles, and posters of the Grateful Dead, Fleetwood Mac, and scores of other bands plaster the brick walls of the shop at 530 W. Main St.

Colorful Frisbees decorate the wall behind the cash register. Cesario plays Frisbee golf and sells the discs at his store as well.

“My real first name is Rock,” Cesario said. “With a name like Rock, born in 1957 in the middle of the rock and roll revival...” — it's fitting music is his passion.

“We sell the kind of quality music that endures, that transcends time and genres,” Cesario said.

Cesario was born and raised in Grand Junction except for five years when Cesario's dad was transferred to Gypsum where he worked for the Rio Grande Railroad. The family moved back to Grand Junction in 1969.

“Music has been a hobby since I was 10 years old,” Cesario said.

Read the rest here: Triple Play

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