Vinyl Bytes the Dust: Haffa’s Records To Close After 40 Years


Madison Foulkes| Lifestyle Writer|

There is something about walking into a store that has a history. Upon entering Haffa’s Records, your face is hit by the stagnant air, a combination of the building and the old vinyls. You feel as though you are stepping back in time as you come face to face with posters of ACDC, Rush, and Black Sabbath. Most people identify with these artists because their parents liked them, they enjoy the classics of that time, or simply because the music of that time was “better.”

Haffa’s Records, one of the many shops that makes Athens unique, is closing after over 40 years of business. The store opened in 1975 in the basement of the building, but the owners later moved it upstairs to it’s current location in 2003. The owners, Eric Gunn, who has been there since 1991, and Andrew Lampela, who has been there since 2000, were reluctant to close the store. There are many reasons why the store is closing, but ultimately the main reason Lampela said was, “You can’t fight technology.”

The store’s main source of income has been the vinyls because popular demand has shifted back to them in the last few of years. Customers varied in age from your typical college student to the elderly and even children. “That’s one of the great things about Athens,” explained Lampela. “It’s a small town in the middle of nowhere so you get a mix of a lot of people.” Haffa’s also carried used DVDs, worn 45s, and new and old CDs.

Some people are not affected by the news of the closing. Ohio University junior, Amanda Munichi commented, “I didn’t even know there was a record store or that it was closing because I’m not really into vinyls. I use Apple Music.”

Other people, like Grace Petrie, a freshman at Ohio University, are mourning the end of an era. “I am sad the record store is closing because it is something that gives Athens character,” she said. “I think the record store keeps us connected with the past and it makes me sad that technology has taken over the world.”

Although walking down West Union Street won’t be the same at the end of September, like Lampela added, “The store had a good run.”