Ribbon Cutting for Classical Audio and Records in Prattville It’s Monday – Elmore-Autauga News

By Robin Campbell

Special for EAN

The anticipation for the opening is finally over. The doors opened on Saturday with customers already waiting. The official inauguration will take place on Monday. Classic Audio and Records, formerly known as Classic Wireless, has moved to 2048 Fairview Avenue Prattville, AL. The Prattville Area Chamber of Commerce invites the public to the grand opening of Classic Audio and Records at 10 a.m. on Monday, August 22, 2022.

Owner Stephen Rich, store manager Denise Baker, the store’s security diva alongside Rich’s family were there for the grand opening. Stephen Rich, an artist himself, had long dreamed of a store where people could come and share his passion for music, buy audio systems and learn about the age of audio, and much more. On Saturday, his dream came true.

Classic Audio and Records has two listening stations, offers repairs on equipment, and sells new and used vinyl. They offer reel-to-reel tapes, reel-to-reel gear, stereo gear, and will also buy gear and vinyl. The store has a great selection of audio gear from the golden age of 70s audio. There is a reel to reel that was once part of Y102’s studio. They are an authorized reseller of Pro-ject, Audio-Technica, Sumiko and Ortofon.

Sergio Villarreal, a local artist, studio 805, has artwork in the store. He stopped to browse and support the grand opening of the store. Sergio offered every $50 spent on Saturday a chance to win an artwork from him. The winner will be announced next weekend.

I had the chance to talk to Sergio about his passion for art. Sergio said he had been painting since he was young, but in 2012 when his son died of leukaemia, painting was his way of coping with grief. Sergio said he paints in different styles, but his favorite is Impressionism. He likes to play with movement and light in his paintings.

Wes and Erica Burk, a father-daughter duo, spent time browsing records and spending time with their shared passion for music. Everywhere you turned there were conversations between strangers about their own passions for music and art.

Diva, the store’s security, came out of her place behind the desk for a brief moment to greet customers and give them some love. She was part of the previous store and was well known to most customers. She now has her name on the window where she sleeps during store hours. Diva is Denise’s 12-year-old pit bull rescue, who loves greeting customers and sleeping on the job.

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