The word spread quickly on Twitter and Facebook this morning and we confirmed it. Mikel George who has been running Geneva’s Area Records and Music on Seneca Street for the last 40 has decide to retire and close the store after a liquidation sale in Mid-September. He tells Finger Lakes News Radio it’s been a great experience.
He says his wife and 5 young grand children will be keeping him busy enough.
For Immediate Release: August 30, 2017
The Owner of one of the Finger Lakes, NY Region’s Longest Serving Independent Music Stores is Retiring, Closing Shop
Area Records & Music owner ready to begin new chapter after four decades, store liquidation sale starts Friday September 15th
Geneva, N.Y. — Mikel George, Owner, Area Records & Music has been involved with music retail in Downtown Geneva, NY for more than four decades, the last 40 years as Area Records & Music. On the date of the independent record store’s 40th anniversary, George has decided it’s time to retire. He says AREA will close its doors with many positive reflections.
“It has certainly been a good time, and our customers have always been incredible,” George said, “I never felt as if I was going to work every day. The social atmosphere and business routine mixed together really well.”
Music legends performing throughout the Finger Lakes, NY region made it a point to stop into AREA to purchase various music accessories and equipment, compact discs and vinyl LPs or to simply say hello and chat, including: Taj Mahal, Rosanne Cash, Warrant, Béla Fleck, Victor Wooten, Carlene Carter, Barenaked Ladies, Derek Trucks and band members, Chris Robinson, Tara Nevins, Brad Gillis of Night Ranger, Ra Ra Riot and of course Geneva’s own, Travis McCoy and Matt McGinley of Gym Class Heroes.
To give back to longtime customers, and to say good-bye, a liquidation sale on all merchandise will begin Friday, September 15, 2017.
Area Records & Music will remain open every day until most merchandise is sold.
For updates as the liquidation sale progresses visit:
Area Records and Music Facebook page.
ABOUT Area Records & Music:
AREA began in Geneva, NY in 1977 as small record shop and continued to expand from that point on. Expansions of various music merchandise lines from recorded music to instruments to repair service to lessons to all the small products needed to play and listen to music. AREA’s mission has always been to concentrate on bringing customers the best products for the best price with the local market area in mind.