North Boulder's two-year-old Absolute Vinyl, one of four record stores in town, will be moving east to the plaza on Arapahoe and Conestoga, where Snarf's and Ozo Coffee are located.

Absolute Vinyl owner Doug Gaddy said his store -- specializing in vinyl records and ancillary sound equipment -- will be relocating to the new space toward the end of August.

"The timing is right for me and for my neverending love, fascination for LPs," said Gaddy who opened his store in early 2009 and hosts the weekly "Vinyl Hour" show on Radio 1190 AM Thursday nights.

Gaddy said that when he initially opened Absolute Vinyl, he was "testing the waters" to see if what he contends to be a unique business model -- focusing solely on analogue -- would be successful in Boulder.

He claims that he saw the storefront in North Boulder off of Violet and Broadway as a short-term venture and that he now feels ready to move to a larger space that will provide more long-term viability.


Gaddy said moving from a store with 900 sq. ft. of usable space to a location with more than 1300 sq. ft. will allow him to sell more records and turntables, enable him to include 78s and complimentary equipment among his merchandise and will also serve as a spot for more art openings, literary readings and live shows.

Confident that now is the time to expand his business, Gaddy explained that "when people tell me that LPs are making a comeback, my response is always the same: They never went away."

And Gaddy may be right.

According to Nielson SoundScan -- the official weekly system for tracking sales of music throughout the United States and Canada (as well as the sales source for Billboard music charts) -- more than 2.8 million units of vinyl albums were sold in 2010, making records the fastest-selling music format of the year. This was also the largest such numbers seen since Nielson SoundScan began tracking the format's sales in 1991.

"We're excited the record store is still around, in spite of what's been happening with digital music," said Ozo Coffee roaster and co-owner Nolan Dutton. "Vinyl still sounds better."

Dutton said that both he and the other employees of the four-year-old Ozo are all "really into music" and that he hopes that -- in addition to their passion -- the record store moving into Ozo's plaza will bring more customers and "a more diverse crowd" to the coffee shop.

"We've seen the plaza grow over the last four years, with more restaurants and businesses moving to the area," said Dutton. "People are learning that East Boulder is a more reasonable place to go to."

Snarf's owner Jim Seidel agrees with Dutton's assessment, saying that he's delighted to have more retail in the center where his sandwich shop has stood for the last seven years.

"With more of cross-section of people coming to the record store, that means more food we can sell," said Seidel.

Seidel is a fan of records , and has what he calls "an antique record collection."

He said he has popped into Absolute Vinyl in the past, laughing that he especially "loves music and vinyl in the morning."

Seidel also looks forward to collaborating with Absolute Vinyl for future in-store events that will help the area to continue to flourish.

"The new space is clean, spacious and we're really going to step it up a notch," said used bookseller Michael Price.

Price has sold books through Absolute Vinyl in the past, by way of his Little Horse Books that had once been stand-alone on Pearl Street, but is now a peripheral component of Absolute Vinyl.

"North Boulder is super-funky, which is something Doug and I both love," said Price. "But, we want to make the new space really nice. I can't wait."