The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Local News

April 19, 2013

Music more than a download at B-side on Main Avenue

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ASHTABULA —

Oxley rents the space at 4117 Main Ave. and is more than satisfied with it. He opened his store in October 2011.

“We’re as local as it gets,” he said. “Being right on Main Avenue and selling the local musicians’ works and t-shirts and chocolates are all part of it.”

Oxley said B-side Music is customer friendly and he doesn’t mind ‘diggers,’ or people who spend lots of time digging through stacks of records.

“This what collectors do,” he said. “Here they can look for collectible specials, or dig through the junk bin, or scan the regular items, or whatever. If they can’t find what they’re looking for, they can order it and have it the same week.”

B-side has a strong special order clientele and Oxley said he has order delivery twice a week. He said it is cheaper and quicker than Internet ordering.

Oxley said the customer service in an independent record store like B-side Music is better than in big box stores just by necessity.

“They can’t provide the attention we can,” he said. “I’ll do the leg work to find what customers need. I stock my shelves according to what people want, not the warehouse mentality of big box stores. I try to constantly improve the stock.”

He said he varies the genres he stocks, not just country or rock but all kinds of music. He gets eight to10 new releases per week and posts them on his Facebook page.

Oxley said the main thing that impresses him about records is their timeless appeal.

“It’s a format that’s been around for 100 years,” he said. “If kept properly records maintain their playability and value. The cover art is real art. And unlike a download, you actually own a record. It’s yours to pass on to the next generation.”

B-side Music is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 992-5569. Visit www.facebook.com/bsidemusicstore.

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