Friday, October 7, 2011

The Turntable Record Store

Located at 4228 Oak Lawn just south of the "T" where Herschel Avenue ends and across the street from the existing Faulkner's Fine Dry Cleaning.  The strip mall which lives there now looks new, so any original structures are probably long gone. Then as now, however, the location was home to a hodge-podge of ever-changing businesses.

In early 1944 you could find the Ki-Hi-Merry-Go-Round, a Kiwanis youth club, at this address, and later a Stauffer's System spa where you could tone muscles and reduce fat as you were massaged by a state-of-the-art contraption.

The Turntable opened February 2, 1945 and probably closed in the first months of 1951. Although its ads touted it as a "self selection record store" that carried RCA and Decca records, The Turntable's main business was probably selling radio consoles. (A friend told me, "Our parents didn't buy electronics; they bought furniture.") One item the store advertised was this Bendix "space saving" radio-record player for $179.95.

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