Atlanta gains another record store with new West End shop

JB’s Record Lounge is now open at 640 Evans St.

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JB’s Record Lounge is now open at 640 Evans St.

Once frequented by in-the-know audiophiles, a record store has emerged from its modest basement beginnings into a West End brick-and-mortar.

JB's Record Lounge began in Jonathan Blanchard's home about a year and a half ago, he explains in a GoFundMe video. This week, the business was made more accessible to all when it opened in the back of 640 West Community Cafe in Atlanta.

Billed as an “old school record store with a new school flair,” the store offers thousands of new and used vinyl records, CDs, DVDs, record players and accessories.

“The main purpose of JB’s Record Lounge is to provide a venue for independent artists who want to share their music, as well as sell their music,” Blanchard says in the video. “I also will be carrying some of the best vinyl this side of the Mississippi.”

Blanchard adds that he intends on “employing people from the community.”

The store joins other area record stores operating in the face of a fickle industry, such as Criminal Records, Wax n' Facts and Sunbrimmer Records.

JB’s Record Lounge is located at 640 Evans St., near The Mall West End and the West End MARTA station.

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