Re: Newbury Comics turns off the lights at the Alewife location :(
posted at 12/10/2012 2:16 PM EST
In response to SlimPickensIII's comment:
I'm walking distance from work (actually I can see the CVS sign from where I'm typing. The old location used to be where the CVS is) and I haven't been in there in at least 5 years. I remember getting greeted at the door last time I went in with a 'can I help you?'. What? I felt like the old guy looking for a Stevie Wonder record for his daughter in 'High Fidelity'. It didn't help that the blues section was only about 12 artists strong. Edit: Yup, the used section was good. Easily the best part of the store as far as I was concerned. I never cared for all the other non-music crap they carried and there was alot of that.
The used CDs were also placed in bins by artist, Slim, so you could actually check specifically, and conveniently. I found some of my most treasured CDs because of good timing, and hitting the bin(s) when there just happened to be a used copy of a CD by an artist I wanted, as though it was waiting for me.
They also had deals on CDs, seemingly picked at random. I got two of my current favorite albums for dirt cheap that way, too.
When they moved across the street (the Whole Foods side) I never even noticed any of the non-music items. As far as I was concerned, they weren't even there. If you work within walking distance, it's a shame you didn't know about the closing, as they probably had some good, final deals. Then again, I have no idea if the blues and roots sections would have had much of a selection.
I just found it a great "go to" place, and even sold a couple of stacks of CDs there over the last couple of years.
I buy plenty online, don't get me wrong, but I always thought that location was an institution, and having it close is like losing a landmark. Ah well.