B-Side Records announces new location after facing permanent closure

The 39-year-old downtown record store will move less than a block down State Street in September.
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B-Side Records has announced plans to move down to the 500 block of State Street in September, as the shop’s original location faces demolition to make way for a five-story multi-use structure. 

One of downtown Madison’s only remaining record shops had faced permanent closure after nearly 40 years on the 400 block of State Street due to the JD McCormick development.

“It’s heartwarming to know we have this much community goodwill after nearly 40 years,” B-Side Owner Steve Manley said in a Facebook post. “It all feels like a fairy tale, this turning of the tide, after dire times in the 2000s, before the vinyl resurgence rescued us from the brink.”


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The new space will be bigger than the original store, and will see B-Side move back next door to its old neighbor, Freedom Skate Shop, which reopened in a new spot at 512 State St. in March.

B-Side will continue to operate out of its 500 block location through the summer.

“We plan to keep offering you fun browsing with an appealing selection of music on State Street for years to come,” Manley says.

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