cool off for free in l5p! – and more about why i

this saturday take an opportunity to cool off with some free icy treats in little five points. start at xocolatl, the funkiest little ice cream shop you have ever been in, which sits sandwiched between savage pizza and a capella books on moreland. They’re going to be giving away 1,000 mexican style popsicle, called paletas, as part of a grand reopening, between noon and 6 pm.

after that you can head over to criminal records for ice cream and some literature. the duck and herring company will be doing some live readings and the folks at criminal will be dishing out some free ice cream.

so l5p is the place to be (hey that rhymed!) this saturday for some free ice cream.

speaking of criminal records, it is no surprise to any readers in this space of my enduring love affair with that wonderful little record shop. About a week and a half ago, on my flight to aruba (no, not to find natalee, just to lie on the beach and read some books) i came across a very interesting article called “the graying of the record store,” in the new york times (the link is here but the times is going to make you pay $3.95 for it. someone should call chuck shumer for some hearings on article gouging!).

basically the article is about how kids buy all their music online now, and nobody is going into record stores but a bunch of old people with graying pony tails who like to listen to fleetwood mac. but wait, i kept thinking, what about criminal. nothing but hip youngsters in there. and sure enough, i came across this, midway through the article (and yes, i held my nose and paid the 4 bucks to bring this to you:

Some independent owners are resisting the demographic challenges. Eric Levin, 36, who owns three Criminal Records stores in Atlanta and oversees a trade group called the Alliance of Independent Media Stores, representing 30 shops nationally, said that businesses losing young customers are ”dinosaurs” that have done nothing to cater to the new generation. Around the country, he said, shops like Grimey’s in Nashville, Shake It Records in Cincinnati and Other Music in New York are hanging on to young customers by evolving into one-stop hipster emporiums. Besides selling obscure CD’s and even vinyl records, many have diversified into comic books, Japanese robot toys and clothing. Some have opened adjoining nightclubs or, in Mr. Levin’s case, coffee shops.
”Kids don’t have to go to the record store like earlier generations,” Mr. Levin said. ”You have to make them want to. You have to make it an event.”

HAH! way to go eric, way to go criminal. i love local owners who speak like big company ceo’s. and just more proof about how cool criminal is.

by the way, does anybody but me find it strange that the intrepid reporters at the times needed eric levin to tell them where a hip record store in nyc was?

4 Comments so far

  1. WHAT?? (unregistered) on July 26th, 2006 @ 9:55 pm

    Why would you want local business owners to sound like CEOs?? Can you explain what qualities of a CEO are enviable? Greed? Selfishness?

  2. james (unregistered) on July 26th, 2006 @ 10:05 pm

    well “what??” perhaps you missed the point or i wasn’t clear so i will try to elaborate. what i meant was that it is nice to hear a local business owner that has a sense of a need to differentiate from the competition, provide a product mix relevant to his customer base etc. – instead of just complaining about how wal-mart and the internet are putting him out of business.

    by the way, as an aside, how many ceo’s do you know that qualifies you to paint them all as greedy and selfish. you know howard shultz at starbucks has provided medical care to all employees, even part-timers, for years depsite continuous cries from the investment community not to.

    okay – care to mention ken lay, jeff skilling, dennis kozlowski? why the need to call a whole group of people a bunch of names based on the actions of a segment of them? used to be we called that a stereotype and thought of it as pretty bad.

    i’m just sayin’….

  3. Tessa (unregistered) on July 27th, 2006 @ 5:07 pm

    I love Criminal. I’m completely biased but that doesn’t change my opinion. ;)

  4. james (unregistered) on July 27th, 2006 @ 9:53 pm

    well you guys are a big part of the reason i love the place so much. i’m back in town for good next week and have a BUNCH of cd’s to buy so i’ll be in there soon.

    and i swear i will make it out to a rollergirls match at some point.

    btw – you guys really need to be carrying manchester orchestra’s ep in there. i had to buy it on *gasp* itunes.

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