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Vinyl takes over at Green Tangerine Records

DeKALB – The only work employees had to do to convert a DeKalb burger joint into a vinyl records store was move some tables and chairs.

About two months ago, Busters made the switch from selling food to vinyls in what is now called Green Tangerine Records, 1152 S. Fourth St., DeKalb.

"It was a pretty smooth transition," said co-manager Emily Arneson.

The shop has always sold vinyl records in its 10 years of business but has stopped selling food because the vinyl part of the business evolved, said co-manager Terri Ainger.

"This business, there's a bigger interest in it," she said. "Vinyl is making a comeback."

The record store is named after a commonly misheard lyric in The Beatles song, "Savoy Truffle." The lyric in the song actually starts with "creme tangerine."

Vinyls are categorized by artist or genre. Artists such as The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd can be found when thumbing through the vast collection. Green Tangerine's focus is rock 'n roll music, but genres such as country and comedy also are for sale.

The store never closed during the transition. The business used to have its restaurant on one side and vinyls on the other, so customers were able to buy a vinyl while eating a burger. Now, vinyls and neon signs illuminate both sides of the store.

Green Tangerine also buys vinyl records from local collectors. They have a "new arrivals" section and offer deals such as three vinyls for $5.

"We're always adding new things daily," Ainger said. "You never know what's going to walk through the door."

Perhaps the store's biggest challenge, Ainger said, is getting young people interested in vinyl. There is one 16-year-old girl who comes to the store with her mother to look at the selection, but she represents the minority in a generation that is accustomed to using their smart phones and the Internet for music, Ainger said.

Arneson is part of that younger crowd. Her mother lent her her vinyl collection, which included records by Elvis Presley and The Cars.

There is a special sound when listening to vinyl, Arneson said.

"It's just different," she said. "It sounds different. Some vinyl sounds are raw. With some sounds, you can actually hear a guitar strumming more than on a CD."

Know more
What: Green Tangerine Records
Address: 1152 S. Fourth St., DeKalb
Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday; closed Sunday

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