Landmark Portage Avenue record retailer holding weekend sale before shop closes for good

Riek Gladys remembers a time when he could stroll down Portage Avenue and pass by about a dozen document shops.

But after CDs and electronic audio came out, he claims a large amount of people outlets could not compete, leaving Tom Bishop’s the Audio Exchange, at the corner of Young Road and Portage Avenue, as one of the remaining record outlets in Winnipeg. 

Now, following closing to buyers a couple yrs back, the Seem Exchange is shutting down for great, but not with no opening its doorways to Winnipeg new music fans one very last time this weekend to market off its inventory.

The last spin for The Seem Exchange history retail store

Showcased Video clipVinyl enthusiasts fall the needle one more time at The Seem Trade

The Weekend Early morning Exhibit (Manitoba)10:19The Sound Trade document retail outlet on Portage Avenue is open up for 1 previous sale

Highlighted MovieAfter virtually 50 a long time in enterprise, the previous report keep on Portage Avenue is advertising off its inventory this weekend. Tom Bishop’s Seem Exchange at Portage and Youthful Street has been shut for the very last couple of years, but the executors of the Bishop family members estate are opening the doors 1 last time. Rick Gladys walked over to be part of us in the studio.

“Audio lovers in Winnipeg supported the Bishop spouse and children and the retailer for the previous 50 decades,” Gladys told CBC’s Weekend Morning Exhibit on Saturday. “We thought this was a pleasant way of providing again.”

Tom and Lynn Bishop opened the keep in 1976. Their son, Jeff Bishop, also served operate it, greeting shoppers during the afternoon hurry, reported Gladys, a decades-very long pal of the family who’s assisting arrange this weekend’s sale.

He said he remembers assembly Jeff at the shop when he took classes at the University of Winnipeg. They experienced been good friends ever because.

A man sits in a room surrounded by piles of records.
Jeff Bishop ran the Audio Exchange in advance of he died a number of yrs ago. A movie of him was enjoying within the retail store on Saturday. (Prabhjot Singh Lotey/CBC)

“Jeff was the embodiment of this store,” Gladys explained at the shop on Saturday. “You could talk to him about nearly anything and he could tell you a whole tale of an artist or a tune.”

When Tom died in 2014, Jeff and Lynn saved running the keep. Nevertheless, it has been under lock and critical given that a number of yrs ago when Jeff passed absent. The executors of the family’s estate made a decision to offer the developing just after Lynn died in August.

“It’s a good deal of recollections for a large amount of people today, this retailer,” Gladys mentioned.

A store front with the sign "Tom Bishop's The Sound Exchange"
The shop is open up from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday prior to closing its doorways for fantastic. (Prabhjot Singh Lotey/CBC)

Nearly 100,000 records, mostly vintage rock from the 1960s to ’80s, are accessible at the shop, Gladys explained. Sealed records are heading for $10, utilised for $5, CDs for $2 and cassettes for $1 each and every — funds only. 

“The selection’s fairly very good. The bins are total, and hopefully we will place some smiles on a couple of faces.”

‘It’s really nostalgic’

Brett Thurston, who was at the store Saturday searching at albums by David Bowie and Stevie Ponder, reported he remembers heading to the shop decades ago, when he was 16.

“We all type of listened to … like rap and hip hop at that time, and there was not a ton of spots you could go and discover that,” mentioned Thurston, now 40.

“It is really form of neat, for the reason that … hunting at tunes offers you reminiscences of instances, and just remaining in listed here and seeing some of the things that you recognize acquiring or have found above your lifetime, it can be pretty nostalgic.”

Two people sit inside a room surrounded by piles of records.
Tim Bishop and his spouse, Lynn, at The Sound Trade in 2013. (Submitted by Jeff Bishop)

He mentioned it’s shocking that so number of file shops are open up in Winnipeg anymore, due to the fact vinyl information look to have created a comeback.

For document collector and file participant repairer Zane Belton, the store’s closing is a decline for Winnipeg’s songs enthusiasts.

“It’s going to be a reduction that it truly is absent, but it is superior that we are getting a person previous hurrah,” he said.

A man stands next to a box of records.
Zane Belton was searching for records at The Seem Exchange on Saturday. (Erin Brohman/CBC)

Belton stated he has 1000’s of information at home, but he’s been ready for the retail outlet to sell off its stock.

“For me it really is like collecting sports playing cards,” he claimed.

Gladys said part of the attractiveness of information retailer is remaining equipped to fulfill other music enthusiasts.

“You go to a history shop, and it’s nearly a social detail,” Belton reported.

A framed black and white photograph shows people lined up outside a building.
Archival picture of The Sound Exchange creating on Portage Avenue. The photograph demonstrates a line of people buying for Christmas sweet at Park’s Candy Kitchen during the wartime rationing of sugar products and solutions. (Summited by Jeff Bishop)

“A conversation will start out with a whole stranger. But you have that relationship, you have that … frequent appreciate for the new music.” 

The turnout has been continual so far, Gladys reported, with numerous longtime consumers who understood the Bishop family members coming in to say hello there and share their memories of the shop.

Some have even provided to get up the remaining inventory, or have stated they will test to strike up a tenancy agreement with the new house owners and continue to keep the retail store open up.

A man stands inside a record store.
Rick Gladys was a close friend of the Bishop loved ones. He is arranging this weekend’s stock sale. (Prabhjot Singh Lotey/CBC)

“I’d adore absolutely nothing much more than to see the retail store go on as the Sound Exchange,” he explained.

The sale started at 8 a.m. Sunday and ends at 4 p.m.

The new entrepreneurs get the keys on Nov. 30.