New Melbourne Record Store Opens
News posted Friday, July 1 2011 at 04:00 PM.
Related: Wooly Bully.
Melbourne’s Missing Link may be up for sale and Brisbane’s Rocking Horse on the verge of closure, but that hasn’t deterred husband and wife Mitch Marks and John Douglas (formerly of Fitzroy's TITLE) from opening a record store.
After eight months of planning, the New Zealand-born pair have opened Wooly Bully, a record store/café/comic book hybrid right down the road from the sadly defunct Arthouse on Errol Street in North Melbourne. It’ll stock a carefully selected range of records (LPs and 7”s) and cassettes covering “garage, punk and weird stuff as well as some country, pop and classic curve balls”.
“It’s a specific market that reflects mine and my husband’s tastes,” Marks told M+N at the store’s “hectic” opening today (July 1). “It’s almost like we’re inviting people to come to our house and buy our stuff.”
With vinyl sales reportedly on the rise – they increased by 14 percent in 2010 according to figures by Nielsen – Marks says she’s confident Wooly Bully can succeed where other stores have failed. Their strategy: pairing niche vinyl with underground comics, food and coffee, but most importantly, not selling CDs. “I’d hate to be selling CDs right now,” she explains.
Marks says she’s not perturbed by news this week out of Brisbane that CBD institution Rocking Horse Records was about to shut up shop. In an interview published on M+N today, owner Warwick Vere said the store had been forced to downsize in order to cope with rising city rents and the threat of multinationals such as JB Hi Fi. But Marks believes Wooly Bully operates in a different market.
“We’re targeting a different, more niche audience, and we’ve got coffee, food,” she says. “It’s a good spot too. The community has been really supportive.”
Garage duo Super Wild Horses will officially open Wooly Bully at 6pm tonight, with regular in-stores expected to take place. As for the name, Marks says it’s taken from the Sam The Sham And The Pharaohs’ 1965 classic. “We thought we might as well have a song that’ll get stuck in people’s heads.”
Wooly Bully is located at 104 Errol Street, North Melbourne. For more information click here.