After speaking with me yesterday about his store's Capitol Hill closure and apparently offending a bunch of Capitol Hill residents (I don't actually see what's so offensive about anything he said . . . he's a businessman and was making a business assessment), Jason Hughes took to Sonic Boom's website to personally clarify his statements (although he basically just restates what he told me):
Yes, Sonic Boom is closing our Melrose location on Sept 5. I'd like to thank all the regular customers we have up here. You make doing this job totally worth it and it's been a pleasure. Thanks to all the bands that have graced us with in-stores.
Please disregard the Weekly blog. I should know better than to give off the cuff quotes to any press. We did our best given the unfortunate circumstances that we found ourselves in. A bad economy, an industry that can't seem to find solid footing, dropping CD prices, digital/online competition, building/moving delays and a less than ideal overall building situation all took their toll on this store.
To clarify on my Weekly quote: Capitol Hill is not a viable location for us anymore. Rents are too high, CD prices and sales too low and there is not as much neighborhood support for music sales as there once was. It seems to me that residents on Capitol Hill patronize bars/restaurants more than local retailers (music or otherwise). Maybe that's where they spend their discretionary income and that's entirely their choice. We ran the best store we knew how and let people make up their own minds about shopping here or not. C'est la Vie.
I've always been a proponent of shopping local and I hope everyone reading this will be in the future, whether it's clothes, music, groceries, shoes, furniture or gifts. Support the stores you enjoy shopping at. That's the best way to let them know that you care about what they do and to make sure they are still there once the economy recovers a bit.
Hughes also announced that Sonic Boom is currently having a 15% sale on all its goods, and Reverb definitely encourages residents of whatever neighborhood to take advantage of that.