Former Depeche Mode Member Opens: Sterling Records: A New Musical Haven Set to Open in Park Slope

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Former Depeche Mode Member Opens: Sterling Records: A New Musical Haven Set to Open in Park Slope

With the resurgence of vinyl records and the timeless allure of physical music collections, the announcement of Sterling Records’ grand opening in Park Slope has music enthusiasts buzzing with excitement. Scheduled to debut on May 19, just in time for Record Store Day celebrations, Sterling Records promises to be a haven for music aficionados and casual listeners alike.

Located at 121 Fifth Avenue, Sterling Records is the brainchild of Gary Giddens, a familiar face in the neighborhood due to his ownership of the beloved Gowanus Gardens. However, this venture sees him partnering with musical legend Vince Clarke, renowned for his contributions to bands like Depeche Mode, Erasure, and Yazoo. Clarke’s investment in the project not only adds a touch of celebrity endorsement but also underscores his genuine passion for music and vinyl culture.

In a statement to Brooklyn Paper, Clarke expressed his enthusiasm for the project, emphasizing the opportunity to share their mutual love for music, history, and the art of audio. His involvement extends beyond financial backing; Clarke plans to join Giddens at the store to host radio shows and livestream performances, adding an interactive element to the Sterling Records experience.

Sterling Records aims to cater to diverse tastes and preferences within the music community. Alongside an extensive collection of vinyl records, the store will offer CDs, music accessories, books, T-shirts, and memorabilia, ensuring there’s something for every music enthusiast to discover. Moreover, the owners envision creating a vibrant atmosphere by hosting live music performances and providing a platform for local artists to showcase their talent.

Despite the star power behind the venture, Giddens and Clarke are seeking community support through a GoFundMe campaign to assist with construction and inventory costs. Their message emphasizes a commitment to revitalizing the essence of music appreciation through vinyl, welcoming both seasoned collectors and newcomers into the fold.

As part of their vision for Sterling Records, the owners plan to incorporate a small coffee shop, offering patrons the opportunity to indulge in their love for music while enjoying a cup of their own branded java. Drawing inspiration from iconic local establishments like Annie’s Blue Ribbon and Beacon’s Closet, Sterling Records aims to create a unique blend of retail and cultural space that reflects the spirit of Park Slope.

With its diverse offerings, interactive experiences, and commitment to community engagement, Sterling Records is poised to become a cherished destination for music lovers in Park Slope and beyond. Whether you’re hunting for rare vinyl gems, seeking out new musical discoveries, or simply looking to immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of music, Sterling Records invites you to join them on a journey of sonic exploration. Mark your calendars for May 19 and prepare to experience the magic of Sterling Records firsthand.

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