Turnstyle Records is the latest addition to the capital’s vinyl shopping boom.
A new record shop opened on Streatham High Road in South London last week. To enter Turnstyle Records you’ll need to rotate your way around an original turnstile from Crystal Palace’s old football ground (unfortunately), a relic that owner Chris Winter bought from the shop’s previous owners in its incarnation as a vintage emporium.
The shop itself focuses largely on jazz, complementing the sounds often heard spilling out of the neighbouring Hideaway Jazz Café. “Jazz is my thing, I’m going to try to be very specialist in that regard,” Winter told Croydon Advertiser. “We’re going to be very welcoming – anyone can come in and if they want us to play them a song, we will.”
Formerly an IT teacher, dealing records is uncharted territory for Winter. “This store is a new venture for me – it’s a bit of a shot in the dark,” he explained. “I decided to do it because you have to give things a go and also there is a real vinyl revival.”
“I grew up just down the road in Norbury and there are no record stores around here now – a lot of them are closing down. But when you talk to people, they are still really excited by vinyl.”
Turnstyle Records joins a handful of new record shops south of the river, including Peckham’s Rye Wax and YAM Records, as well as Love Vinyl in East London and new branches of Sister Ray and Flashback. [via The Vinyl Factory]