At the edge of the world in Newark sits Wonderland. It’s your last possible stop before leaving main street.
If you are a fan of vinyl, it would be if you could actually tell it was open. The blinking “OPEN” sign leaves you asking yourself if you feel like parking and getting out of your car just to pull on a locked door.
However, Wonderland is one of those reasons you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.
Inside there are records wall to wall. Some pretty good choices, prices are fair, but a lot of common records seem to be overpriced. One thing I did notice about Wonderland was the lack of good finds on the floor. Although good choices, nothing that would prompt me to buy a Foreigner record for $5.00.
Then I was introduced to the land behind the counter. If you come into this store, come into it with a hard to find record in mind. Dimitri has it. However, it’s still kind of odd keeping all of the records that would sell best behind the counter.
All in all though, the store is nice. I’ve noticed that the majority of record stores don’t have any AC. It was incredibly nice walking into one that actually does. It makes digging much less stressful.
They usually all have their own smells too. This one, incense. Strong STRONG incense. It’s not bad if you use nasal spray and take an Allegra beforehand though.
All in all this place isn’t too bad…