Music lovers from all over Dallas prepare themselves to say a final good-bye to one of its oldest standing music supply stores, CD Source. The more than 20 year old store is closing its doors by the end of October because owner Lance Price doesn’t want to relocate from his home in the Old Town Shopping Center on Greenville Avenue.
Price stated in an interview with Dallas Morning News that he found out about the eviction takeover two weeks ago and he wrestled with deciding if he wanted to find a new location or get out of the music industry completely. Apparently he chose the latter. Price admits that his decision to close shop has been extremely hard, he also admits that he doesn’t want to move two decades of music that include albums, CDs and other forms of music formatting.
CD Source has been the mecca for music lovers in the Greenville Avenue area. The area was a musical boomtown for CD Source, CD World, Pagan Rhythms and Sound Warehouse. Being the last man standing Price admits that CD Source began the place of refuge for music lovers seeking to find the unfindable when it came to the music they loved. There were endless new and used CDs and an endless collection of vinyl records that reminded even the most novice music listener of back in the good old days record stores.
Since the announcement was made, followers of CD Source’s Facebook page has been in “mourning.” Even the Voice of KERA-FM, Sam Baker posted: “So sad. It’s been part of my Saturday routine for so long, with good reason: great selection and service, familiar faces, friends, practically family. … CD Source was more than just a store. It was community. It will be missed.”
According to Price, the store will remain open until mid or the end of October. He has began to sell merchandise at a 30 percent discount but will increase. Price stated that he will also have in-store appearances and other events to mark the end of an era.
“I appreciate all the comments people have made about how much the store has meant to them over the years,” Price says. “A lot of people said they grew up coming in with their parents, and here they are — 30-year-olds still shopping at the store. It just really hit me hard. So many people have said how much it meant to them and the city of Dallas and how they were exposed to so many types of music at the store.”
As reported by the Dallas Morning News, the decision to close rather than move comes at a strange time, as vinyl stores are on the rise in North Texas: New ones spinning include Off the Record in Deep Ellum, Spinster in Oak Cliff and Josey Records in northwest Dallas. Price says goodbye just as so many newcomers say hello.
Who knows… Price may reconsider his decision to just let the music fade. We’re still hopeful.