Help MUSIC SAVES
Vinyl Cat's 15th Birthday Party: A Fundraiser for MUSIC SAVES
Wednesday Apr 3 2019
Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 6:00 pm (event ends at 10:00 pm)
This event is all ages
Come when you can, leave when you want!
Beachland kitchen and bar open for food and drinks! Get dinner!
Raffle prizes & silent auction items!
Winners need not be present to win!
Cash preferred, but cards will be accepted, too!
Learn interesting Vinyl cat facts!
Schedule a visit with Vinyl!
Everyone is encouraged to wear BLACK!
SURPRISES TBA SOON!
Do you have photos you’ve taken of Vinyl over the years?
Email them to us at: email@example.com by March 20!
We’ll display them, and give you credit!https://www.beachlandballroom.com/event/1839469/
There will be 4 fundraisers this year, each attached to its own special event.
We are hoping to have some items that are cat themed, 80’s themed, and music related. All types of donations are welcome, and we would especially appreciate donations that come from local artists, and local small businesses.
Raffle prizes may be individual items, or we may group some things into baskets. For the most part, they will each have a lesser monetary value than the silent auction items. They can be gift certificates, clothing, accessories, and any type of smaller items.
Silent auction items will be more valuable individually. They may be rare, unique, autographed, collector’s items, artwork, etc.
People with donations can email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be accepting donations on an ongoing basis, until we get through our last fundraiser, but would appreciate some soon for our first, on April 3rd.
BIG ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING THE FUTURE OF MUSIC SAVES
Kevin and I opened MUSIC SAVES in 2004 because we loved music. Music was everything to us. Just as much, we loved sharing music with other people, and seeing how it could make them happy. We agreed that I would run the store full time, while he worked a full time day job. We took no money from the business for several years. It all went back in to build up inventory, and help it grow. We did great for the first 7 years. Sales increased each year, our customer base grew, and we were named “Cleveland’s Best Record Store/Place to Buy Vinyl” several times. We loved putting together events, working with local bands and venues, and hosting in-stores. It was a lot of work, and a lot of hours, but also very rewarding.
In 2010, everything started to change. Kevin and I got divorced, which put a financial strain on the business. Shortly after, I started to develop a series of health problems. This led to several years of doctors, testing, drugs, side effects, surgery, chronic pain, memory loss, and depression. It became increasingly harder for me to run the business on my own. I simply did not have the same level of energy and focus I started with. Some big changes started to occur in the music industry, as well, making it even more challenging for me to keep up. Business declined, and bills started to pile up. Our sales declined every year for the next 7 years.
I opened the web store in 2018 with the hopes of saving MUSIC SAVES. It has been easier for me to manage, I’ve been able to take better care of myself, I feel like I’ve gotten my life back, and I’ve been available to my aging parents. On the flip side, 2018 became extremely stressful financially. The web store simply has not been generating enough revenue to sustain the business, or catch up on accumulating bills. I’ve taken on even more debt. I’ve hoped for so many years that things would get better, but the current situation has forced me to finally give up that hope, and let go of MUSIC SAVES as a record store.
MUSIC SAVES IS QUITTING THE MUSIC BUSINESS. The industry has changed in ways I could have never predicted 15 years ago. A lot of it feels really backwards. A lot of it has really worked against us. I feel like, as many other small businesses, small record stores are becoming less needed, as time goes on.
I will be selling almost everything I can from the store in an effort to pay off as much of our debt as possible. This includes: music, fixtures, displays, equipment, posters, our sign (NO CATS), among other things. There will also be at least 4 fundraisers in 2019.
MUSIC SAVES will keep its website and social media presence, and I will introduce MUSIC SAVES 2.0 when the time is right, in 2019. While I am definitely sad to say “goodbye” to the record store I put my heart and soul into the past 15 years, I am looking forward to a new beginning that will hopefully keep the name MUSIC SAVES alive. I named the store, and designed its logo. It has been my baby all this time.
I want all of you who have supported my business over the years (especially the web store since it launched) to know how grateful I am. I am truly grateful. Thank you for not just buying music, but coming to events, introducing friends and family to the store, giving us great reviews, voting for us, and becoming my friends. This record store changed me, and changed my life, and I will never forget any of it.
Cleveland, OH, 44110