Retail Trade

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2014

    Vintage Vinyl Makes USA Today's "10 Best Record Stores" List

    St. Louis is among the nation's top cities in many aspects, with courteous drivers, literacy and dog guardianship all coming to mind. But now our independent music shops are getting a little attention too, with Vintage Vinyl landing a spot on USA Today's list, "The 10 Best Record Stores in the USA." ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2013

    Why Shopping at Local Record Stores on Black Friday Is Awesome

    Black Friday can be an agonizing notion. Do you choose family time or doorbuster sales? Do you protest workers' crazy hours by staying home, or do you go buy something because the clerks are going to be at the stores anyway? And what in the world should you think about the growing trend for stores t ... More >>

  • News

    March 7, 2013
  • Blogs

    June 14, 2012

    City Alderman Wants to End Booze Sales at Gas Stations

    "One for you. One for me!" That was Homer Simpson's fantasy of an alcohol-fueled car, and according to 24th Ward Alderman Scott Ogilvie, the city's current laws allowing liquor sales at gas stations is providing a similar temptation. "Right now, you can walk into a gas station, you can buy prepack ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2012

    Fudging The Numbers With Last.Fm

    Art and life co-habitate, informing, imitating, and enriching each other constantly. Each week in Better Living Through Music, RFT Music writer Ryan Wasoba explores this symbiotic relationship. I was thrilled five-ish years ago when I found out about, the music recommendation service that d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    Amazon Agrees to Pay Sales Tax in Texas; What About in Missouri?

    On Monday, the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts and Amazon jointly announced they had struck a deal for the internet retailer to begin paying sales tax in the Lone Star state. Amazon has a distribution center in Irving, Texas, but has never paid sales tax for products shipped from the facility b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2012

    A Comprehensive Guide to Record Store Day 2012

    This just in: Vinyl is BACK! Now in its fifth year, Record Store Day has made its international mark, recognized by labels, bands, and collectors worldwide. Celebrating the cultural impact of the independent record store, RSD offers everything from live performances to special discounts to limited e ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 19, 2012
  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    Mayor Alvin Parks Rethinks ESL's Late-Night Liquor Sales in Wake of Shootings

    ​East St. Louis native and Illinois Senator Dick Durbin last month urged Mayor Alvin Parks to end the city's late-night liquor sales in the hopes that it would cut down on violent crime. As he had done in the past, Parks rejected the notion. But after two separate shootings long after midnight thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2012

    Megaupload Goes Down: Five Lost Music-Stealing Technologies

    It's true: Megaupload has been gone an entire week, and for the millions of people who used the site because they like their totally legal for-pay cloud storage to come equipped with fake download links and massive flash banner ads I'm sure things have been difficult. For copyright holders, massiv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2011

    Spy Games and Celebrity Sightings at St. Louis-Area Bookstores

    image viaWatch out, she may be packing an iPhone.​As everybody knows, the Christmas-shopping season is the most hectic time to be in retail -- as both a seller and as a consumer -- and this year, there's an extra frisson of excitement in St. Louis bookstores, thanks to some corporate espionage ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2011

    CDC Identifies Source of E. Coli Outbreak

    ​Romaine lettuce sold at an area grocery chain and sourced from a specific farm was the source of the E. coli outbreak that sickened dozens in Missouri and several other states earlier this fall, according to a report published yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The report ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2011

    The Ideal Gift for the Couch Potato Who Has Everything

    What more can we say, besides to add that it is Cyber Monday so it would be practically un-American not to take a few minutes out of your workday and purchase a case of genuine Dunder Mifflin copy paper for your Office-loving loved one? It also happens to be the cheapest brand of paper Quill is offe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    Borders: The Fallout

    image via​Borders has finally decided to put itself out of its misery and allow itself to be liquidated. By the end of September, all the remaining 299 Borders stores (including the six in the St. Louis area) will be gone, leaving 11,700 booksellers, baristas, store managers and corporate empl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2011

    Spotify's US Launch Approaches; Which Music Service Are You?

    ​Music fans in the United States don't have a lot to envy of their European brothers and sisters, at least unless they're big fans of Abba or the kind of sticky, glitter-covered dance-pop that usually just makes me really want to leave the youth hostel and brush my teeth. One exception: Spotif ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    Record Store Day 2011: Hot Sellers, Highlights from St. Louis

    ​As we have already mentioned, Record Store Day 2011 was a massive success, with a couple local stores suggesting it may have been their biggest sales day ever. Most places did plenty to give back to their rabid patrons, offering free food, beer, live music and local celebrity DJ sets througho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    The Ten Best Things To Do This Weekend in St. Louis: April 15 to 17

    ​It's the most wonderful time of the year: Record Store Day! For us at A to Z, it's like Christmas, only we're receiving special gifts from Wayne Coyne and Thom Yorke, and enjoying DJ sets and live performances by the best in local music. Which, as far as we're concerned, beats the pants off o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    This Weekend is Record Store Day in St. Louis

    ​If your Friday routine doesn't have you checking out our weekly listing of Weekend Best Bets over at our music blog, A to Z, for shame! You're missing out on some great entertainment suggestions.This weekend, it's is all about Record Store Day with radio personalities and DJs spinning their favor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Record Store Day Announce 2011 Releases, Ozzy Osbourne Commands Your Attendance

    ​Record Store Day is a relatively new and relatively awesome Holiday. It's like Christmas for music nerds, only better -- rather than forcible family-togetherness and buying gifts for other people, record collectors are lured with live music, beer and shiny new wax into spending the day with t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2011

    Missouri Latest State to Push for Online Sales Tax

    Local retailers want to wipe that smug smile off those boxes. ​Two state representatives held a press conference today in the University City Loop, calling attention to legislation that would add sales tax to purchases Missouri residents make over the Internet. State representativ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2010

    AG Chris Koster: 'Tis the Season for Online Scamming

    Don't let this guy steal your Christmas.​Hacktivists! Gawker Attacks! Operation Payback! It's a scary cyberworld out there, and you, too, could be a victim of Internet crime. Especially during this season of light, joy and online credit card information. Luckily, we Missourians have an attorney ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 2, 2010
  • Blogs

    October 14, 2010

    Wal-Mart Expanding Local Produce Selection

    Image via​First, Wal-Mart entered the market for organic produce. Now, the New York Times reports, Wal-Mart plans to expand the amount of local produce it sells. "No other retailer has the ability to make more of a difference than Wal-Mart," the retailer's president and chief executive, Michael T. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    Eleven Documentaries About Music's Grandest Artifact: The Record Store

    I Need That Record chronicles the events that led up to the demise of many record stores​Before there was an iTunes "store" and torrent sites, the record store played a vital part in thousands of people's lives -- a church for the sinners. For some this hasn't changed. But by and large, peop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2010

    KETC Spotlights Record Store Day, Vintage Vinyl, Dapper RFT Freelancer

    On Record Store Day, KETC's "Living St. Louis" filmed a segment about record stores -- and specifically, Vintage Vinyl -- that aired this week. Among the interviewees is the RFT's own Christian Schaeffer, who is looking like quite the record-nerd-mafia don in his get-up. The segment is a nice introd ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2010

    Recap: Record Store Day at Vintage Vinyl and Euclid Records, Saturday, June 17

    Dana Smith​As we stood in the slightly elevated perch of Vintage Vinyl's DJ booth, I asked store co-owner Tom "Papa" Ray if Record Store Day was his version of Christmas morning. He thought about it for a second and said, in his inimitable drawl, "You know, I think I like Record Store Day bett ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2010

    Record Store Day in St. Louis: What's Going on at Vintage Vinyl, Apop Records and Euclid Records?

    [Update, April 14, 3 p.m.: Now updated with info on what's going on at Slackers!] On Saturday, April 17, record stores around the country are celebrating Record Store Day -- a time to unplug from iTunes, eMusic and Amazon MP3 (or torrent sites) and purchase tunes in-person. As enticement, Record S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2010

    Vintage Vinyl Says: "Don't Quit Your Day Job!"

    ​Record stores have have long counted talented musicians among their ranks. A young Aimee Mann worked the counter at Boston's famous Newbury Comics chain, while locally, Jeff Tweedy worked at Euclid Records during his Uncle Tupelo days. But for this year's Record Store Day -- which takes place ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2009

    Zhu Zhu Pets Big Hit on Cyber Monday

    ​It's a good time to be an owner/investor in the St. Louis-based toy company Cepia LLC. Internet searches for the company's Zhu Zhu Pets is off the charts today -- Cyber Monday -- the biggest online shopping day of the year. By late this morning Google labeled Zhu Zhu Pets as "on fire" after thous ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2009

    The Noble Writ: Wine Shopping from Afar

    A point comes in many wine lovers' lives when they are unable to find a bottle they really want in their local wine shops. It might be a wine from the birth year of a special person, a bottle enjoyed while traveling or just something about which they've read that simply captivates their imagination. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2009

    Record Store Day at Euclid Records, Vintage Vinyl and aPop Records

    Tomorrow is the day, when three independent record stores in town unleash limited-edition vinyl, special movie showings, guest DJs, sales and plenty more carefree shenanigans -- all in the name of Record Store Day! Check back on Sunday or Monday for a slideshow of images from all three stores. But b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 12.4

    In today's news: More money to help with the food crisis, the tricky "health halo," and a dispute over reindeer meat at Ikea.

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2008

    $16 Million Restaurant Plan at Lambert

    Big changes in store for your restaurant options at Lambert thanks to a $16-million contract extension between the airport and its contractor HMSHost. From the press release: The new agreement lays out an ambitious plan to build or renovate about two dozen food and beverage locations at Lambert wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2008
  • News

    June 21, 2006

    Letters Column

    Week of June 22, 2006

  • News

    June 21, 2006

    Read All About It

    Another independent bookseller gives up the ghost

  • News

    July 27, 2005

    Nuclear Option

    A new weapon is unveiled to end the beer battle

  • Dining

    June 15, 2005

    A Farewell to Fabarre's?

    There's a place in your heart for Papa Fabarre's -- even if you've never been there

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 29, 2004
  • Best of St. Louis

    September 29, 2004
  • Music

    May 7, 2003

    High (and Dry) Fidelity

    Local music retailers are facing tough times and coming up with new ways to combat slumping sales across the industry -- if they don't file for bankruptcy, that is

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 25, 2002

    Best Local TV-Ad Personality

    Becky, Queen of Carpets

  • News

    May 15, 2002

    No-Look Legislation

    The good that doesn't get done and the bad that does in Jeff City

  • Culture

    April 10, 2002

    When Online Got Off Base

    Or: How Mark Cuban would have -- and could have? -- saved the music biz

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 26, 2001

    Best Place To Stretch $20

    Globe Discount Variety

  • Music

    March 14, 2001

    Digital Dilemma

    Wave bye-bye to the bootleg -- in the MP3 domain, a digital file is replacing an artifact

  • Culture

    November 8, 2000

    Ransom Notes

    Can one man convince millions of people to pay for their "free" music?

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 27, 2000

    Best Shoe Store

    Dreamland Shoe Co.

  • Culture

    July 5, 2000

    Shelf Life

    A new chapter for Loop mainstay A Collector's Book Shop

  • Music

    August 4, 1999


    Cashing in your CDs

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