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New Edinburgh record store run by a music lover opens in Corstorphine


A quirky new record store has opened in the west of Edinburgh in the Corstorphine area.

Almond River Records was started by Andy Barbour, 39, of Cramond, about a year ago, but has recently transformed into a brick-and-mortar store with its own physical space.

Andy has lived for the records since he was a child, admitting he started collecting them as a child and even spent up to £80 on a copy of the Small Faces’ ‘Ogdens Nut Gone Flake “.

He launched an online record store on Christmas Eve 2020 but ended up opening a physical store after a unit became available during lockdown.

The store opened in December 2021 and is located at 253 St. John’s Road, Corstorphine, EH12 7XD.

Andy says he hopes to create a welcoming environment for all record lovers – with customers able to walk away with a £5 album or more expensive collector’s item.

He adds that the space is already used by the local community and DJs and that the business has been well received by local residents.

Of the new venture, Andy said: “Business has been going very well and it’s been busy most days which is great. It’s a new business in the area, so we hope the novelty doesn’t wear off anytime soon.

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“I launched the online store, but officially went live on Christmas Eve 2020.

“It started as a hobby and then records became a passion for life. I had worked in record stores in the past and I also have a record collection of around 4,000 records, my pride and joy being a first ‘Bleach’ press release by Nirvana.

“During confinement, I was lucky to have the opportunity to open a real store.

“What we’ve done is advertise on social media and we also have a big sign on our window saying the records are wanted. People will contact us, but very rarely do we contact someone unless we know they are selling them.

Interior of the record store.
Interior of the record store.

“A record collection can be something very personal. Can relate to someone passing away or someone trying to create space. But the record buying community is fun because most people tend to know each other and the word is spreading.

“Once you start collecting documents, you develop an attachment to them. There are different things that you grasp and they mean something to you. Whether it’s the music itself or the artwork that accompanies it.

“What I really want is for the music to go to good houses and that’s the most important thing for me. I want to deal with everything as honestly and fairly as possible. It’s music and at a at some point, it brought someone joy, but what I really want is for everyone in the process to be happy, so we offer fair prices for all the collections given to us.

“I really want to create a community with this store. It’s been such a tough time for business, so it’s nice to see people buying music again and living. So, the main motivation behind the store is to spread the music and create a community in the area.

“As cliche as it sounds, music has gotten me through the last two years and it will be nice to have a space where people can come hang out and forget about their problems.”

The record enthusiast added that if anyone would like to sell their record collection, be sure to contact them through their Facebook page or by walking into the store to say hello.

You can find their professional Facebook page here.