Hearne: Vinyl Renaissance to the Rescue, Streetside Saved!

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.

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10 Responses to Hearne: Vinyl Renaissance to the Rescue, Streetside Saved!

  1. Vinyl Renaissance says:

    Not Accurate
    This story is not accurate – Vinyl Renaissance

  2. Hearne says:

    Where there’s smoke…
    The fact is, VR’s manager knows his staff let the cat out of the bag and says he’s told them not to say anything more. There probably is more to the story, details yet to unfold or be determined. But even while playing cagey about the particulars, he gave every indication that a deal is going down. Best of luck to them!

  3. TigerVIP says:

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ…
    Proof that noone cares? VR and Hearne are the only one’s commenting. Hearne what happened to your Star”esque” articles? Cutting edge news on new biz’s, clubs and events in the city? Why nothing from you guys on the closing of B2 in LS? Why nothing on the new Falloon deal, the new deal with the old Mi Cocina…what’s going on with the Blonde space? What about Baja? You’re losing touch, Hearne and fast! You used to be soooo dialed in to the happening crowd and newsworthy subjects.

    Not to mention, you are clueless on how to present your content. Still no mobile version and still an unfriendly and poorly laid out “new” website. So much potential yet so poorly managed. Have you thought about instituting a readers “board”? Your consumer knows more than you might think…

  4. Hearne says:

    I know, I know
    We’re so sleep inducing that you can’t stop reading (or commenting)

  5. Hearne Christopher says:

    And in case you haven’t noticed, I’m not writing the column full time. I’m running the whole show. So when you’re dropping down on your knees each night and giving thanks for what you read here from Craig, and Tony and Maria and Larry and on and on. Think of me. Besides, you’re already getting that stuff in the FYI section anyway, right? Oh, you’re not…

  6. Eric says:

    I care
    There are over 1,000 people that joined the ‘Save Streetside Records’ facebook page.

  7. Cliffy says:

    Thin skinned?
    The other day, in defending your ad nauseam coverage of Star layoffs, you referred to the current regime there as “thin skinned.” You’re the pot, they’re the kettle. Everytime somebody criticizes you here you fire back with some smartass answer. If you don’t have time to contribute worthwhile material, then stop. Concentrate on your business and stop being such a punk.

  8. harley says:

    WTF? HEARNES RUNNING THE WHOLE SHOW? WHAT SHOW?
    are you serious. What show hearne. Putting up articles like this that few people care about.
    Adding advertisers? I’m getting a headache as the same small ads pop on and off and i have to
    look at kelly urines photo every 5 seconds.
    Whats to do? Spell check your writers articles?
    Counting all the money? Trying to talk tony into being positive about something.
    If it wasent for glazer and hall there’d be no kcc. And the guys right. Now that the star let you go
    you have no power in this city. I know more about the town than you do. Noone cares anymore about
    your private columns.
    I do enjoy your writings (when its not about the star) and you’ve had some nice pieces but what happened?
    all of a sudden you’re not getting the hot news people want to read. Glazers explaining how to place football
    bets to people who know more than he does.
    We want you to be successful. We read your articles for years at the star. It was fun. Get back in the
    game. I’ve made some recommendations because there is a market for a site like yours. But upgrade the
    writers….make it interesting again and get back out and keep us informed on whats happening in the city.
    You can see from the comments that you’re losing readers. And what would you have to do if you didnt
    have this site?
    Those of us who read this site daily think this can be successful. And we like some of the articles. But since
    the format change things have gone downhill. Hell..hire me as awriter. I solicit more comments (good and bad)
    than anyone except glazer and hall.
    Even halls gotten stale. Theres got to be some hot stuff to publish.
    Wish you well ……..

  9. TigerVIP says:

    “Write” on Harley
    I would say comment numbers are a direct reflection of the interest in your site and what is being read. Outside of Greg Hall there are NO must reads. I will admit perusing your site every day but only rarely do I click any further outside of an occasional article by Glazer or Maria.

    There is DEFINITELY a market for a site like this but the EXECUTION is horrible. If you would spend less time being so thin skinned and more time listening to some of the suggestions you would have a huge hit on your hands. Quite possibly even a “pay for play” site. I’d pay .99 a month for a content worthy KC site. Time to cut some of the “fat” and concentrate on the best and brightest content providers even those not currently on KC Confidential.

    By the way, I would prefer to comment to you directly but the is NO link to your email. We have to comment publicly and judging by your responses, you just can’t seem to handle ANY sort of constructive criticism.

  10. Hearne says:

    So you would prefer I not respond?
    Come on, guys. It’s a two-way street. You prefer one way?

    The fact that one or two or three or even a hundred or more don’t find dining, fashion, theater or even Tony to your liking is hardly a cause to do away with them. It’s a buffet, guys. People comment on controversial stories more. Which doesn’t mean they don’t enjoy reading about subjects that don’t happen to be hot button stories.

    As for my thin skin – hello – look at all the nice shots at me you guys get to take. With rare exception, do you see me pulling them down? Uh, the answer is no.

    Bring it.

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