A former DJ and music promoter has turned an unlikely Newcastle space into the city centre’s latest record shop.
Music fanatic Antony Daly promoted club nights under the banner of Suono across North East venues and also worked a day job as a support worker for people with disabilities.
Last year Mr Daly, who is originally from Peterlee, decided to dabble in running a record shop, having agreed flexible terms for his space on the 3rd floor of Commercial Union House on Pilgrim Street, part of creative hub space B&D Studios.
Using duplicate records from his own collection and items picked up at record fairs around the country, he established a rudimentary shop under the name 586 Records which used makeshift racks and vintage furniture.
Now funding from North East enterprise support organisation Pinetree has allowed Mr Daly to invest in more shop fixtures, including a number of customer made racks to hold the 4,000 new and used records on offer at 586.
Mr Daly said: “I started out digging for records that I would sell to my friends, alongside DJ-ing. Newcastle has some great existing record shops which have done a great job in weathering tough times. I thought I could add something to that.
“I moved some records into the space in late September with the aim to see how it went. It proved really popular and people were really supportive.
“When I went to seek the funding from Pinetree I was already two or three steps ahead of the game, having tried out the shop and established links with distributors.”
586 Records is somewhat off the beaten track as customers have to access the store through the concierge at Commercial Union House. The position, Mr Daly says, is a selling point for the shop.
He explained: “Record diggers really like the fact that we’re out of the way. They have to look a little harder for, but their rewarded for it when they find this treasure trove of records.
“The shops with prominent fascias are paying for that, but these premises, while they’re off the street, have allowed me to get this thing off the ground without the overheads.”
He added: “My aim is to create a place where people can come and experience a bit of interaction, a place where they can come in, have a cup of tea and talk about music. I want customers to discover new things and I also want to discover new things myself.”