A Real Gem For Music Lovers crack
With HMV closing 60 stores across the country, record shops are fast becoming a thing of the past - so even more reason to treasure the ones we have, and the West End in Cheltenham is home to Sounds Good, the only independent classical music shop in Gloucestershire and a real gem for music lovers.
Owner Robert Nichols learnt the trade working with the original owners of Sounds Good in Clarence Street, then took over as manager when the shop relocated to Henrietta Street – 4 years in April. He works tirelessly with part-time staff Keith, Annie and Alan to ensure it survives, despite the growing trend of on-line sales.
He said: “Although a lot of businesses were hit hard by the snow just before Christmas, we did quite well as delayed internet deliveries meant people dashed in here to snap up a few presents instead. We did better than we hoped but it is still a struggle. The strip of pavement from Boots corner to Henrietta Street is the longest 100 yards in Cheltenham as people just don’t seem to know we are here or bother to walk down the High Street to shop.”
The little store is crammed with CDs and DVDs covering a wide spectrum of classical, folk, easy listening and jazz with new stock arriving every day. Robert prides himself on offering a personal service and invites more people to browse!
He said: “We have a huge knowledge of music and can track down pretty much anything people want. Come in, tell us what you like and we’ll always try and find something to suit. It’s all about serendipity, finding that special piece that you weren’t even looking for!”
Alongside the stock classics are more obscure recordings: Laurel and Hardy on CD and even a CD of Burlesque music which is becoming increasing popular again.
Sounds Good stands immediately opposite the entrance to the Brewery and offers a cosy haven where classical music surrounds and the knowledgeable friendly staff are there to welcome you. New customers are always welcome and regulars are greeted like old friends.
Online sales have had a huge impact on music shops but Robert remains confident that his customers will always prefer personal service over buying over the internet.
So take a chance, walk those 100 yards down to the West End and you won’t be disappointed.
Whether you are looking for jazz, classical, folk or world music; if you’re looking for a fountain of musical knowledge look no further than Sounds Good. It’s not only CD’s they offer but music DVD’s as well.
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