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May 22, 2014
8:35 PM
I am thinking about the Record Stores in the Dayton area
from the 60s and 70s.Do you remember these?
1.The Golden Rod 2. Mayers 3.The Forest 4.Dingleberrys
5.The Record Warehouse and how about 6.The Cheshirecat
Are there any I forgot?
23 posts
May 22, 2014
8:52 PM
Kondoff's Records in Miamisburg. Bought my first Beau Brummels album there. Great memories! I believe the store closed in 1970.
181 posts
May 22, 2014
10:41 PM
Brubz - I don't know if you were intentionally excluding chain stores, but I was a big fan of Peaches Records & Tapes, which had area stores in the late 70's - early 80's. I also used to go to Camelot Music, which had mall-based stores (which eventually became F.Y.E. stores).
2 posts
May 23, 2014
11:48 AM
Yes I forgot Peaches.It was a great store but the strike put it under.I bought my first CD from Camelot.
I don't remember Kondoffs.Does anyone remember where
Cheshirecat was located. I've drawn a blank on that but I have some used vinyl with their store name stamped on the sleave.
150 posts
May 24, 2014
5:42 PM
I seem to remember a place called Blue Note. Anybody remember that?
1 post
May 24, 2014
6:33 PM
There was a store called Armadillos on Smithville/Wilmington. I think it was on Thursdays they would have new releases laid out in their boxes in a double row on the floor in the middle of the store. There was also a record store in the back of the juniors shop in the Eastown Elder-Beerman.
193 posts
May 24, 2014
7:28 PM
Nile, there was a Blue Note on Xenia Ave., near Rusty's Pharmacy.
151 posts
May 25, 2014
8:47 AM
Blue Note was a crusty, dusty place that I found some really HTF stuff. Blow off the dust and smile. Clyde McPhatter, Frankie Lymon.
84 posts
May 25, 2014
8:48 AM
Armadillos was a nice place to look for some good records and posters.

Last Edited by FreedomWriter on May 25, 2014 8:51 AM
3 posts
May 25, 2014
10:26 AM
Yes the Blue Note had lots of 45s. And way back in the day Rikes downtown had a pretty good record dept.
The Goldenrod was my fav. with The Forest a close second.Anyone know what became of Tom Weisser (sp?)
He was the owner of the Forest?
4 posts
May 25, 2014
1:54 PM
I thought of some more.Renaissance Records on Smithville near the Dabel. The Record Theater
and of course 2nd Time Around which has been around since at least 1976 and still there.

Last Edited by Brubz on May 25, 2014 1:54 PM
joey m
207 posts
May 29, 2014
8:36 AM
How about the one in the basement of Mayors Jewelry at 3rd and Main. Or the one in rikes that had the individual booths to listen to the 45's.
172 posts
May 29, 2014
10:16 AM
Fortener's Tempest Record Shop on Wayne Avenue. Also the Good Housekeeping Store in Westown had a large record department with listening booths.
5 posts
May 29, 2014
7:03 PM
Yes Joey,I named Mayors in my first post I guess I spelled it wrong.I bought the Beatles SGT Pepper there the day it was released on June 6th 1967. Rikes Downtown was a great store wasn't it?
luv my dayton
583 posts
May 31, 2014
9:13 AM
There was one up at Town and country we used to go and cant recall the name or when it went out of business but we went in the 50s. Does anyone remember this record store?
252 posts
May 31, 2014
7:55 PM
LMD you know I was there many times with people you knew. I don't remember the name but it was behind the Met in what was called the annex.Great place they would let us play be fore buying. Top 40 was 98 cents or something close.
68 posts
Jun 09, 2014
11:14 AM
LMD: I may be wrong, but I believe the music store you refer to was something like, "T&C Music Box". Somewhere around 1957, I went up there on a Saturday morning to see The Four Coins "Lip-Sync" to their hit, "Shangrila". The store was just a narrow, small retail space, but the 4-coins just gathered in the back of the store and sang to their song. At that time, I thought it was pretty cool. Don't know how the T&C Music store were able to get them to perform.
7 posts
Jun 09, 2014
5:30 PM
hunt69, yes, you are right about the Blue Note on North Dixie. I and my cousin John paid a weekly visit there to buy the latest. To make sure we got as many of the hits as we could weekly, he bought some titles and I bought some and we traded back and forth...don't ask me where they all ended up. Although I do have two square metal record boxes full of 45's. Great you rememberd that location.
7 posts
Jun 19, 2014
6:58 PM
Steve: The Golden Rod and Dingleberry's certainly
did sell records.In the early 70s the Golden Rod was the biggest selling record shop in Dayton.In that time period it was not at all unusual for Head Shops and Record Shops to be one and the same.
37 posts
Jun 20, 2014
5:08 AM
There was also Noble's Record Shop in the Third Street entrance to the Arcade. My brother and I bought many records there in the 60's.

70 posts
Jul 29, 2014
1:38 PM
The Forest Record shop was next to the Art Theater, right? I do remember going to the Golden Rod. AH, the semi-hippie days!
97 posts
Feb 21, 2015
8:12 PM
Forest was indeed next to the Art Theater, but it actually started as a tiny hole in the wall across from Forest Park Plaza. I remember a classmate telling me they sold these things called bootleg records. So I called the place (i was in grade school) and asked, "Do you sell bootleg records?" And the guy says, "Uh, that's illegal." So a week or so later I rode my bike from trotwood to the Forest across from Forest Park only to find a note on the door saying they'd closed and moved to their Wayne Ave location. Very disappointed. But I spent many hours in the new location during high school years.
51 posts
Feb 22, 2015
1:20 PM
Camelot Music, later FYE Music

National Record Mart at the Dayton Mall

Spectrum Audio on 741

There was another named MusicLand, but can't remember exactly where, Kettering maybe.
115 posts
Feb 22, 2015
4:49 PM
I used to go to the record store in Town & Country shopping center. If you took the ally between Kresges and Gray's Drug store, it was on the same side of the ally which was the east side. It was about half way down. I was thinking it was called Town & Country Record Rack. I know it had Record Rack in the name, and I heard before it closed down, Chris Harris Record Rack in East Town Shopping center bought it. Also, what was the name of the record store in the small L shaped shopping center at the corner of Stroop and Marshal Road. If you stood where the Kettering pool was, it was directly across Marshall Road. It had a lot of oldie 45's. Also how about Bauer's TV and Records in Belmont on Watervliet across from the bowling ally ? It was a really cool throwback store to the 40's and early fifties with listening booths, and they still had lots of 78s, 33 1/3, and 45s. And why couldn't they slow the RPM of the 33 1/3 down to just 33 ? It would have been easier to talk about it. There was also a good store in the 50's in Belmont that was in the basement next to Kennitts. Great for 45's, not so much for albums. There was also a nice little store on Main Street downtown just up from The RKO Lowes Theatre about 2 doors from the corner of Main and 1st street. OK I've blown my wad ! That's all I know !
13 posts
Feb 24, 2015
2:36 AM
@ camp
Yes, I remember Armadillo's Records and Tapes. SICSA in Kettering occupies the building now.
Anyone remember Rock-N-Stuff?
What about the record/head shop in Swiss Village on 48 just south of Whipp Road?
joey m
340 posts
Feb 24, 2015
11:30 AM
I likied Rikes they had their own private record booth's so you could take your records and listen to them privately.
104 posts
Feb 24, 2015
6:11 PM
Strayrider, where was Rock-N-Stuff? That sounds familiar.
3 posts
Feb 25, 2015
5:35 PM
One night while at the Forest on Wayne ave. 2 guys came in and robbed the place! Had my back to the door and someone yelled over the music Don't anyone move this is a robbery I turned around and he said i said dont move and he held the gun on me while the other guy robbed the cashier (Money and concert tickets) I saw him selling the tickets at Hara later that week!
14 posts
Mar 01, 2015
9:18 PM
@ wolfcreek "where was Rock-N-Stuff? That sounds familiar."
I cannot answer that as I never actually shopped at a record store that went by that name; however, I clearly remember the blurb "rock-n-stuff" from the radio. Maybe this was part of an ad for a record store? Was it Dingleberry's perhaps?
106 posts
Mar 03, 2015
9:45 PM
Strayrider, could be, but for some reason I'm getting a vague recollection of a head shop on Brown Street (near where the Red Barn used to be), and I'm wondering if it was called "Rock N Stuff?" Totally not sure, but maybe...
24 posts
Mar 05, 2015
11:32 AM
Peaches on North Main
111 posts
Mar 05, 2015
7:10 PM
steve888, yep, I remember Cheshire Cat. Also remember how it was always mentioned on radio commercials, along with Dingleberrys, etc, for upcoming concerts. "Tickets available at the Forest, Dingleberry's, The Cheshire Cat..."

Still trying to place "Rock N Stuff," though. I'm sure it was a head shop (actually, not so sure, but I think it was). Just can't recall specifics. Could it have possibly been in the Arcade? On Brown Street? This is going to drive me crazy.
18 posts
Mar 06, 2015
11:09 AM
(this is my 3rd attempt at posting a response so if multiple posts show up, I apologize :))


I did some research and found a "vintage" ad for Rock-N-Stuff through the Wright State library. It was a head/music store with locations in Huber Heights (on Brandt Pk.) and another in Springfield. I remember hearing advertisements for them on WTUE, but never visited either store as I primarily hung out south of Dayton. I did my "head stuff" purchases at either Dingleberry's or Philman's...lol.
113 posts
Mar 06, 2015
3:12 PM
Wow, that's it! Thank you so much strayrider. You contributed greatly to my mental health...
Curt Dalton
816 posts
Mar 06, 2015
5:44 PM
strayrider - Sorry, but most times the spam control on this site kicks out any post that has a web link in it, thinking that someone is selling something. I try to get to this site every day to "unspam" posts (if that is a word), but sometimes it takes two days. I did delete one of the two emails you posted, since it was more or less the same information, but the link you sent can now be seen by everyone. Sorry for the bother, but I have no control over the spambot...
19 posts
Mar 06, 2015
10:16 PM
@wolfcreek: welcome :)

@Curt: No biggie. I wasn't sure if the site allows for links or not. In the future if I find something online that might be of interest, I'll just explain how I found it on Google and folks can take it from there :)
5 posts
Mar 10, 2015
4:10 PM
Anyone remember the Earth rose in Springfield Yellow Springs?
blue J
155 posts
Mar 11, 2015
12:34 PM
Is Earth Rose not there anymore?

if it was ever a record shop, I don't remember that...but if it's not there anymore, I wasn't aware of that. I used to buy clothing and various and sundry things they had.
jim of huffman av.
6 posts
Apr 23, 2015
3:37 PM
jim of Huffman av.
22 posts
Apr 24, 2015
6:20 AM
In the early 60's me and my older sister would walk downtown to Kondoff's Record store in Downtown Miamisburg and get the number one 45 for the week. This was a tiny store which was run by an older German lady and her son. The 45's were always a dollar. Her son always wore a sock hat, even in the summer. It was always rumored that he kept his money in the hat. I wish I had those times back. I miss them so.
367 posts
Apr 24, 2015
7:03 AM
How many of you bought records through the various record clubs, such as Columbia House, that advertised in magazines of the day? Usually they offered a deal like "6 albums for $1 (plus shipping and handling)". Of course the devil was in the fine-print details, like having additional albums sent to you automatically each month for a year at regular prices.
156 posts
Apr 26, 2015
5:29 AM
I got hooked on that too. I paid about $10.00 for 8 albums and thought I died and went to Heaven. Of course there was an obligation to purchase several more within a year as you mentioned Calhoun. Every month I would get these albums I had no use for, and I guess they knew most people would procrastinate and not send them back. To make matters worse, several years later, when I started to sell records on E-bay, I found the record club versions weren't worth as much. They were required to print on the label it was a club record. In the case Or Columbia, and the bottom of the label it said "Manufactured by CRC" and RCA had the same deal. I guess we all live and learn !

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