This is a picture of Don.

Don hates having his photo taken, so he always turns his back to the camera.

If you've lived in Cheyenne, Wyoming long enough you will remember Phoenix Books and Music on Capital Avenue in Downtown.

At the time it was mostly a used book store with some albums and 45s for sale.

These days people are reading more than ever, but what they read and how they get it has changed a lot.

Bookstores are hard to find as people buy books online or download them to mobile devices.

While the popularity of printed books was fading, the popularity of vinyl records grew.

Woman drinking wine and listening to music on a record player and vinyl records

Because of that the owner changed his store and changed the name.

Most of the bookstore vanished.

Vinyl albums and 45s filled the shop, along with old cassette tapes and 8 tracks.

He renamed the place Downtown Vinyl.

Ask him anything about any album or artist in the store and he knows it.

The new name and store brought him a surge in business.

But at some point, everybody wants to retire and move on.

Beginning Monday, September 11th Downtown Vinyl has a new owner!

Please stop in and say Hi to Kay!

She has lots of fresh ideas and inventory to bring in.
As for me, I'll be doing lots of exploring, traveling, reading, and of course, listening to lots of music.

Thank you very much for the 18+ years of support, fun, and conversation! (Says Don, the old owner).


Don will be missed.

His Facebook post was filled with well-wishers.

The store is located at 1612 Capitol Ave, Cheyenne, WY, United States, Wyoming.

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