Sign Of The Times

Well, it’s happened again — last night I caught wind of another of my favorite Atlanta stores having to shutter its doors soon.

Last night I found out that Ella Guru will be closing in a few days. As a music lover I’m saddened to hear that another of the places I go to purchased used CDs is forced to call it quits. Blame the economy. Blame the consumer who purchases digitally. Blame piracy. Whatever you blame, nothing will change the fact that it’s leaving.

Ella Guru has been an Atlanta used CD destination for nearly ten years. Until last September it occupied a storefront in the mammoth Toco Hill Shopping Center, before picking up and moving to Inman Park where it sublet some space from the now-defunct scooter store. I questioned the move initially because within a mile of its new location there are at least two other music stores selling used CDs (namely Criminal Records and Wax-n-Facts). I reasoned that Ella Guru needed the move to survive and that they might be following the same logic as automobile dealers or piano stores who also seem to cluster together.

That section of Inman Park has seen its fair share of business changes in recent times:

  • Johnny’s Pizza changed owners.
  • The aforementioned scooter store opened and closed.
  • The Grape on Highland decided it couldn’t stay in business and closed its doors.

Ella Guru will soon join my list of Atlanta establishments that I miss (see also: Frijoleros, Tortillas, The Point, Burrito Art, Crescent Moon, Kool Korner Grocery, The French Quarter Food Market / The Stein Club, The Beer Mug (Brookwood Interchange), Bridgetown Grill, and the 1990’s version of Buckhead).

Which Atlanta establishments do you miss and would like to turn-back the clock to revisit?

1 Comment so far

  1. bibliotech on February 27th, 2009 @ 11:09 am

    Deacon Burton’s



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