I came across a couple items in the local newspapers here this week that are of interest. First, if you're a vinyl junkie like me, then you've likely heard of Jerry Raskin's Needle Doctor (www.needledoctor.com), a Minneapolis-based retail and mail order shop that claims to have the world's largest selection of turntable equipment including turntables, needles, cleaners, and DJ equipment. Tucked away in the Dinkeytown neighborhood, it's a cramped little store always bustling with activity. Think vinyl is dead? It's amazing to walk into the store at any time and see around ten people hunched over computers, processing internet orders and talking with customers on the phone.
The Needle Doctor has outgrown their current location, and will shut down this Friday to relocate to more expansive space at 6006 Excelsior Blvd. in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. The new store is slated to open this Monday, September 27. If you have a pile of vinyl but need a new turntable, needle, or any supplies, this is the place to go either in person or online. You can read a recent article about the shop at the Minnesota Daily.