Just like that, a bold plan was hatched, a savior realized…
Streetside Records in Westport will go the way of the 8 Track Tape at 6 p.m. Sunday. But there’s a new fat lady’s in town and she’s ready to start to singing
Vinyl Renaissance – a used music store at 10922 Shawnee Mission Parkway is slated to reopen a music and audio store in the space now-operated by Streetside (formerly Pennylane) sometime in the near future, sources say. The exact plans – including what to name it – have yet to be sorted out, says one Vinyl Renaissance staffer who confirmed the move. But VR will remain in its current location in Shawnee and operate Streetside as well, the staffer says.
"I’m happy that midtown Kansas City will continue to have asource for vinyl and music," says former Pennylane/Streetside staffer Steve Simpson. "It’s a positive thing and a relief to a lot of people who work there.. They’re having a party Thiursday night at the old Blayney‘s in Westport – it’s called The Union now."
As for the bright future of music as software, "I don’t know what to say," Simpson says. "The rumor is Barnes & Noble is pulling out of the retail music business. But I think it’s great for Kansas City to have a place where people can still purchase music. For one thing because jazz is an important part of our heritage."
A manager for Vinyl Renaissance called into question the specifics but declined to comment .
So once again, stay tuned.