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A pint-sized version of Hillsborough Street’s Nice Price Books and Records will move into Oakwood this week, with a strong emphasis on records.
Nice Price Jr. occupies the space at 222 N. Bloodworth St., Suite 103, and according to co-owner Enoch Marchant, it will primarily be a vinyl record store that (soon!) will sell beer for people to sip while listening to tunes.
In addition to a selection of new and used vinyl, the 500-square-foot space will have a small curated selection of books (likely music biographies and rock music books), one rack of cassettes and a few T-shirts, Marchant said in a phone interview Wednesday. The beer, when all of the licenses are obtained, will be available in what Marchant describes as a “baby bar” because of its small size.
For this weekend’s soft opening, which starts on Friday, Marchant said free beer will be available so that people can get an idea of what the experience will be like once things are in full swing.
“We’ll pull records for in-store listening,” he said. “And with new releases on Fridays, we’ll play those all day and have beers to pair with the records.”
Marchant, who co-owns both locations with Brian Shaw, said the space is very tight, but they’ll squeeze as many records as they can into the store. It’s in a spot next door to the sweet shop Anisette Little Shop in a suite formerly occupied by the retail accessories store Oak + Co. It’s right across the street from Side Street Restaurant.
The store is a bit of “locational insurance,” Marchant said, against future potential development along the western end of Hillsborough Street, where the main store is located. That area has seen major changes in recent years, which primarily means tear-downs replaced with large student housing complexes and new retail space.
“We don’t think we’ll be redeveloped out tomorrow or anything, but we know it will likely happen, and it would be nice to not have to rush to find a new location if or when that happens,” Marchant said. “We have a great landlord that we love ... but the way things are going, we have to be realistic.”
Marchant says the Oakwood location will be able to do small batches of vinyl purchases, but the large batches will still need to be done at the Hillsborough Street store.
Store hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. Once Jr. has its beer license, Marchant said it may stay open a bit later.
To celebrate this weekend’s opening, Nice Price is giving a 25 percent discount on anything purchased at either the Hillsborough Street or N. Bloodworth Street locations Friday through Sunday.