Vinyl records have become an obsession for Parker Macy. The 27-year-old singer-songwriter, known locally for his solo blues music as well as his time spent on guitar in heavy rock band Pistolero, has collected records for as long as he can remember.
A few years ago he began setting up stands in the Seed People’s Market, part of the Camp in Costa Mesa, to sell off some of his finds. So when the opportunity arose last February to rent an official spot inside the Lab across the street, Macy and his friend Bob Rodman jumped at the chance to open their own record shop.
Working out of his new location – a stationary, modified trailer just outside of Urban Outfitters – is a dream come true for Macy, who, after a trip to Portland to visit family, grew fond of the idea of running his own business via an unusual establishment.
“Back there they had a grilled cheese shop in a school bus and like bars set up in old prisons,” he recalls.