New vinyl lounge officially opens in town
PUBLISHED: 10:26 23 August 2020 | UPDATED: 10:26 23 August 2020
A new vinyl lounge has officially opened in a coastal town this weekend.
Owner Jan Mulder has closed his Aux Records store, on Waterloo Road, Kirkley, in Lowestoft, and moved around the corner to London Road South, officially opening Studio 45 on Saturday morning, August 22, and joining forces with partner and co-owner Angie Cull.
The site was empty following the closure of the popular Desmond’s Restaurant in July 2019.
Studio 45 will combine the vinyl, CD, tapes and memorabilia offerings from Aux Records, with hundreds of new stock, with a musically-themed menu of sandwiches, cakes, teas and coffees,
Announcing his plans, Mr Mulder said the lounge would be a place for people to browse or “listen to music and have a coffee,” and that he hoped it would become a “hub” for music in the town.
Speaking after the successful first day, he said: “The first day was absolutely fantastic.
“We have had a full house all day long.
“There were a lot of people who came to visit my previous store and a lot of new faces who came for the first time who, although they were big into their music, they had no idea I was there and were quite excited to come and have a look.
“The reaction has been fantastic both from the side of the records we are selling and the menu on offer.
“Our menu is musically-themed and we have had a lot of people looking at it and chuckling.
“The reviews for our food have been brilliant.” The Aux Records store opened last autumn after Mr Mulder left his job at a care agency to pursue his passion for music.
The move comes after the store was forced to close for three months due to the coronavirus lockdown.
He said: “It’s a big relief to be open and getting such a good reaction after all the time it took to turn the building into this.
“We are really excited to keep going and we hope to experience this every day.
“There has only been four of us who have been flat at it every day for the last few months, but to see it open now is brilliant.”
The lounge will be open Tuesday to Saturday’s between 10am and 3pm, and will also hold a range of event evenings.
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