Saturday, September 8, 2012

Integrity 'n Music



Ed Krech has been selling jazz music at a hole-in-the-wall store in a Wethersfield strip mall for the last forty years.  Integrity 'n Music opened on May 5, 1972.  Today he sells CDs, too, but his real loves are the old vinyl records.  His store is bricks and mortar.  No online catalog.  You can call the store, give him a credit card, and order a CD or record from him.

19 comments:

Cezar and Léia said...

A very interesting store, and I'm sure Cezar would like to visit there. wow vinyl is really cool! :)
Léia

brattcat said...

hats off to the guy. you know he's really got to love sharing the music.

Birdman said...

Poor Rikki Lee... once a hitmaker, now relegated to the 'Take ME please bin'! My life for 50 cents?

Kate said...

Love this kind of shop since I''m always looking for good jazz.

Paul in Powell River said...

Hard to walk by a store like this, without entering. Great photo.

Halcyon said...

There is a radio program on the CBC called The Vinyl Cafe. It's basically stories (fictional) of a dude who runs a music store like this one. I wonder if the owner of this store listens to that show? He should - he probably has a lot in common with Dave. :)

http://www.cbc.ca/vinylcafe/home.php

VP said...

A great shop I would really like to visit it!

Sharon said...

I used to love to browse in a record store and there are so few left. As little as 20 years ago, I never thought that record stores and book stores would become a dying breed.

Lois said...

We used to have a store like that here called "Vinyl Fever". They were in business for years, but fell victim to the economy a couple of years ago. I'm glad to see this place is still going strong!

RedPat said...

I love this guy!

Luis Gomez said...

Definitely a place to visit!

Sylvia K said...

Oh, yes! I love this guy and his shop and I do wish there were more like them both these days! Great post, Jack!!

joo said...

I love this kind of places, and I love jazz - it could be my favourite shop in the city:)
Have a great Sunday!

Kay said...

I wandered through a couple of shops very much like these in California and found some good music that way. They're such a rare breed.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

Ed sounds like, and actually looks rather like, the man who used to run Garon Records in Cambridge, a similarly laid-back emporium. He got to know many customers and would guide their tastes skilfully to new areas of music. Sadly the shop is no more.

Lynette said...

Such a fine post, Jack. I have to believe that folks like this man are among the best of us. Otherwise, I'd be without hope.

About fate and my little house, thank you for the chuckle. I happily live in a studio apartment with a "bonus" room--I think it must have once been a narrow porch which has since been enclosed with windows and the rest of a wall to support them. I use that room as my bedroom because it's the perfect size. That means my living space suits me just fine, and I'm not paying for a full-sized bedroom, something I never really wanted to do.

Randy said...

Now that's my kind of store.

Lowell said...

I miss these kinds of stores. They're much more fun than the big box sterile atmosphere.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I'm glad Mr Krech is keeping up to date and selling CD's also Jack, although I have heard that there has been a huge upsurge in the sale if vinyl again! I still have a lot of mine, I really don't know why I'm keeping them!