Stores like Streetlight should be compelled to display signs reading “Browse At Your Peril” above their entrances. They’re capable of causing an impromptu emptying of pockets at a scale other retailers can only dream of.
It’s no accident. Operators Mark Collins and Collin Gellard have crammed their little music, movie and bookshop with cult classics and hard-to-find releases. When scanning shelves for that one sought-after title, by the time you reach the end, you’ve picked out half a dozen more.
There are bookcases lined with biographies and poetry compendiums; and the north wall is floor-to-ceiling cinema classics, cult flicks and docos. Musically, there’s a focus on jazz, classical, and movie and musical soundtracks. There’s a good amount of more typical stuff too, and if what you seek isn't available, they’ll order it in.
Collins and Gellard worked together at Rundle Street’s iconic Big Star Records, opening Streetlight in its wake.