The first blog I ever did on Ribbon Records was back on July 10th of 2014 when they were located in the building that used to be Murray’s Department Store, here’s the link to that post when I met Jenny, the owner and Matt who’s the self-proclaimed “Record Guy.” Then they moved to a location on West Main Street a little over a year later, so I went and documented the new store on the MBIP Blog. Here’s a photo of the storefront that I took on that day.
It kind of bugged me that they didn’t have a sign outside of the store saying, “Ribbon Records,” but I assumed that they’d put one up soon. I drive down Main Street to work every day and every day I’d drive past it and wonder when in the hell they were going to finally put up a sign.
Things like this can really bother me in an OCD kind of way and for three years now I’ve been staring at this building and feeling unbalanced and weird because there wasn’t a sign on it. So imagine my feeling when I drove up the other week and saw this...
Finally...signage at Ribbon Records! My world is once again balanced and this is a moment of complete and unfettered joy! And I think this is the first time I’ve ever used the word, “unfettered” on the blog, so this is truly a magical and mystical moment in time!
I’ve always loved their logo with the bold and thin type face being used instead of a space between the two words.This really looks nice on the building and I no longer have a spinning sideways moment looking at it! Whew!
Their window displays are entertaining and fun to look at. I also love the retro sign on the front door. Let’s go in and take a look around at the inside of the store.
Things have been moved around in here since I last was in here. The records are now in this front room and there’s Matt behind the counter. I said hi to him and thanked him for finally attaching signage to the store. We chatted for a bit and he said I was free to roam around with the MBIP Camera and take some photos of the store, so that’s exactly what I did and you can see them by scrolling on down.
The name of the store is Ribbon Records, so of course there’s a nice inventory of vinyl to look through, but there’s much more in the store than records, so we’ll come back here later.
There’s comic books in this filing cabinet and in the boxes below.
If you’re in the mood to read more than a comic book, they have bookshelves filled with books and I saw one of my favorite authors, David Sedaris on display. In the back there’s a cabinet with lots of compact discs and while back there, I took a shot from the rear of the store.
I parted the t-shirts in this rack and a tie-dyed Jimi Hendrix appeared, I love it when that happens!
Through this doorway is even more clothing to peruse.
And there’s all kinds of clothes in here hanging on racks and from the ceiling.
Are you like me and are you wondering if these boots were made for walking?
Well, according to Nancy Sinatra over here, yes, they are indeed!
In addition to clothing, there’s also art and vitage posters and signs back here. I love the Velde Ford poster!
Walking around in here is like being on a fun treasure hunt, there’s cool items everywhere you look! Plus I managed to squeeze in an obligatory Ribbon Records mirror shot!
Okay, I think it’s time to look through some of these records!
As you can see, there’s quite a varied inventory of albums and I’ve always loved looking at record covers. Check out the first song on the Baja Marimba Band album, “Comin’ In The Back Door.” Hmmm...talk about your anal retentive music!
There’s a listening station up front with headphones if you want to listen to your record before you purchase it. Nice!
In addition to albums, there’s a great selection of 45 records to flip through in the back of the store.
I bought the Baja Marimba Band album and a picture sleeve of The Beach Boys “Sloop John B” single.
And as I walked back to the MBIP Mobile I took a moment to enjoy the new signage at Ribbon Records!
(Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday, call for an appointment on other days.)
641 W. Main St