After nearly four decades, one of Melbourne’s best-loved independent record stores, Polyester Records, will close in March.
The Brunswick Street flagship has been shaping the musical tastes of Melburnians since 1981 and will have its final day of trade on March 13. Its adjoining bar, Crazy Arms, will also close.
“Nothing lasts forever, but Polyester has endured in its Fitzroy home for an extraordinary period,” a statement posted to the store’s Facebook on Wednesday reads.
“Across both Polyester and Crazy Arms, a great number of people have witnessed a great number of astonishing moments within these walls.”
Briefly (and charmingly) dubbed “Dizzy Spinners”, Polyester Records survived the invention of the CD, the rise and fall of the iPod and Napster, and an unknown number of in-store gigs, which regularly saw punters spill out onto the pavement.
A second store on Flinders Lane operated from 2007 to 2014.
Customers have been invited to share their memories of both stores and the bar on social media before the store’s trusty A-frame, always reliably chalked with the latest record releases, is brought inside one final time.
There’ll also be a series of special events in coming weeks, beginning with Melbourne singer-songwriter Sarah Mary Chadwick playing live in the store on Saturday January 25 at 2pm.
Keep and eye on the Polyester Records Facebook page for updates (or check the A-frame).