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Mike White - Owner of Boo Boo Records

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NEW TIMES: How long has Boo Boo Records been around?

WHITE: The first store opened in 1974 near the SLO railroad station. I started working here in 1978 when we moved downtown. There have been a few other stores in other cities but today we have just our downtown store.

NEW TIMES: How is the record store business?

WHITE: We’re doing great. It’s an interesting business these days, it’s not like it used to be.

NEW TIMES: How has it changed since the growth of such websites Amazon and eBay?

WHITE: Much of our business is actually done on the Internet. We are an Amazon marketplace seller and do a lot of business there. We also do a lot of specialty orders for hard-to-find stuff. What’s changed is now there are plenty of places to get your music. We’ve diversified and are selling lots of different products and we’re constantly adding things like posters and DVDs. What really makes us unique is our vinyl and our in-store performances.

NEW TIMES: Tell me about your vinyl collection?

WHITE: Vinyl has been enjoying a renaissance for several years. These days, it’s not uncommon for an album to be released on both vinyl and CD. There are a lot of people discovering it for the first time who like its retro feel, and then there are the vinyl lovers who never went away. We have thousands of records for them to look through.

NEW TIMES: What are your plans for the future?

WHITE: We’re going to keep finding ways to stay relevant and get people to come into our store. It’s not just about new music anymore; it’s about clothing and accessories and about everything in between.

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