Old Market's Newest Addition- Vinyl Cup Records
Vinyl Cup Records is the newest addition to the Old Market, and it feels like you are browsing through the records at a friend’s house. Which makes sense because that’s exactly how it got started.
Started as a Facebook group in August of 2017, owner Luke Dickens’ ran the business out of his house, and today the store keeps that same welcoming atmosphere. When the Facebook group grew, a few successful pop-up shops and a great Record Store Day event in April 2018, the idea had outgrown the house and needed to move to its own space. In August of 2018, Vinyl Cup records opened in Des Moines historic Beaverdale neighborhood and in March of 2019 expanded to include Marv’s in Des Moines, East Village.
Walking into the Old Market Vinyl Cup, you won’t find intimidating music snobs standing behind a counter; instead you find friendly staff around the store offering you a complimentary beverage as you browse the racks. Luke is wanting to spread his love of music and vinyl with everyone, not just the purists. The store is neatly set up with new and used sorted separately A-Z. You’ll also notice a section for Oh Boy Records, a label started by John Prine. Many of us have stories of how music saved us or being there in the tough times, one way or another, and John Prine was that for Luke. His love of the music led to the push for the other Oh Boy artists to get out there and lead to developing a relationship with Jody Whelan, John’s son. As a show of his appreciation to everything the music has meant to him, Luke created the Oh Boy Section.
There are also tributes to Steve White and Music Circuit Presentations, with show posters hanging around the store, and a section curated by Brad Smith from former Omaha staple Almost Music. While you are checking out the store and Facebook group, be sure to load up your VCup account. VCup is the prepaid account that gets you discounts on your purchases. Once the world gets back to normal again, watch for Vinyl Brew events too. Luke has taken Vinyl Brew all over the country, bringing music and legendary album artists to the masses. The next time you visit the Old Market, stop into the Vinyl Cup Records shop, say hi to Luke, myself and the other friendly smiles at Vinyl Cup Records. Then take a seat and listen. What’s that you say, you “Don’t have a record player? No problem. Buy a record and then you’ll buy a record player.”