The Marvelous record shop in University City was bustling Saturday as customers gathered for the fifth annual Record Store Day.
Crowds of vinyl lovers flocked to the store at 40th and Walnut streets in anticipation of new releases on the classic medium. Popular records such as those by James Brown, Wilco and Childish Gambino were sold out early in the day due to the large crowds.
Record Store Day has been held annually across the country since 2007 and aims to promote business at independent record stores. Every third Saturday in April, people are encouraged to buy records and other music at local stores to help out small and independent business owners during the stagnant economy.
“Since [Record Store Day] started this has always been the best day of the year for us,” Marvelous manager Dave Koch said. “We order a whole truck load of [records] for this day and usually only have a few left over.”
The Marvelous often attracts customers from bustling 40th Street by playing music on speakers outside the store. The store stepped it up a notch for Record Store Day and featured an in store performance by the funk and soul band Derobert and the Half-Truths.