After I left Sound Garden I found myself wondering where their used vinyl was. So I went back in to ask, and they told me they didn’t have any. The guy behind the counter handed me a piece of paper and said “Try these places”. First on the list was Own Guru Records.
The directions were great, and the signs made it even easier to find. It was refreshing to see a record store which only vinyl that actually cares enough to let people know they exist.
I was greeted at the front door with a friendly “How are you today?” Which was much nicer than the usual “hey” and judgemental elevator stare.
The store was very compact, but they definitely know how to utilize the space well.
One of the first things I noticed was the two turntables upstairs. I’m used to shop owners just putting it on their own turntable and letting you listen while you browse. Actually having headphones to drown out the noise and listen to the vinyl itself was great!
Once it was obvious that I had time to soak everything in, the store owner asked me “Are you looking for anything in particular?”. Add this to the list of things I am not used to. I immediately referenced my mental wish list, but had trouble remembering what I was looking for. I am used to browsing, so I think this kind of took me by surprise. I finally remembered two vinyls that I had been searching long and hard for. When I said the name of the first vinyl, the shop owner literally turned to his left, not even getting up from his chair and handed it to me.
I was pretty surprised. The best part of all, it was a WB Green Label. I’ve been looking for this for a while, used, and in good condition. I found it for $12.00.
I grabbed the vinyl and started searching more. Just for the hell of it, I figured I’d ask him for Moondance as well. With another swift turn, still sitting in his chair, he hands it to me.
I couldn’t believe it. I had been looking for these vinyls used for month’s on end. A stop by coincidence and two 90 degree turns later, they were both in hand.
Stop 1 on the little piece of paper given to me at Sound Garden was worth every step. If you ever find yourself in Baltimore, make sure you take the time to swing into Own Guru. It was an experience I look forward to having again the next time I’m in Baltimore.
While looking for contact information for Own Guru I found that they have a website. They have quite a few records up on their site for sale, which is great because finding a reputable place online to purchase records can be difficult. I am much more of a digger, so I probably won’t buy anything online unless it is an absolute must have. However, I can assure you that I will be going back here again.