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Saturday, January 23, 2021

Virginia Coe, Co-Founder: Vinilo Record Store

A vibrant new shop, stacked with independent, eclectic music, classic and current. Get to know one of the owners of Vinilo Record Store and find out what they are bringing to Bournemouth…

Vinilo Record Store — a new addition to the area of Pokesdown — opened a shop just before Lockdown 2.0 in September. The store is owned by music industry professionals Virginia and Ken. They’ve been selling records independently under the same name in Southampton since 2017. With a really broad musical knowledge between them, their business is one that breathes life into its community.

With plans of hoping to bring an exciting new series of events to Bournemouth too like they have already in Southampton, with acts such as Bombay Bicycle Club, Slowthai, Swim Deep and Snow Patrol. This little shop based on Christchurch Road contains a range of vinyl spanning all the classic and modern alternative genres, merchandise and magazines too.

Virginia Coe, one half of the founding entity of Vinilo, joined me for a chat about everything she’s juggling now. Including all the complications with expanding a business during a pandemic.

HOW DID IT ALL BEGIN FOR VINILO?

We’ve been in the industry for a long time — tour manager and a drummer respectively. That was our life for many years. Then we had children and that all stopped for about ten years and we really concentrated on that.

We were just thinking of opening a record store for a long time. We were living in a city that didn’t have an independent one. Ken did look after an independent ten years ago in Southampton.

WHAT CAN CUSTOMERS EXPECT TO FIND AT VINILO RECORD STORE?

A variety of stuff from all different genres that we believe in. And that we believe should be in everybody’s collection. We really specialise in and support new music — this is what Vinilo is about. We believe in new artists. That’s something you’ll definitely find in-store: completely new music. And a back catalogue too. In general, we have a good knowledge, and all the Vinilo team are super passionate about music.

HOW HAS COVID-19 AFFECTED BUSINESS FOR VINILO RECORD STORE?

It was shocking and really hard for us. We were open one day and shut the next – it was super scary. But we just had to adapt really fast. We did it all in three weeks. Took all the records back home and our house became a stockroom, so we had records everywhere. We took two-and-a-half weeks, day-and-night, adding every single piece of stock and records that we had onto our online business.

So we created a webstore really fast, and our team was all working together getting the catalogue into our system. We acted quickly and that’s Vinilo really. A team of quick thinkers who adapted really fast to the situation.

We offered free UK delivery for the first lockdown. Just did everything we could to survive and to keep people buying from the online store — we had so much support it was unreal. I think people wanted to see the store reopen. With the  free delivery, we were busier than ever, just packing orders. We had to create a drop-and-go service with our postal team, and it’s gone off since then and now we are busier than ever with the online orders.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO OPEN A SHOP IN BOURNEMOUTH?

Ken is from Christchurch. He grew up around Pokesdown and Southbourne, and we have lots of friends and family there. We were travelling there all the time, to buy antiques or to The Crooked Book for children’s books. The reason is that we definitely wanted to branch out and own another store. And we feel that Pokesdown definitely fitted Vinilo’s ethos.

WHAT ARE YOUR THREE FAVOURITE THINGS TO DO IN BOURNEMOUTH?

I like to walk my children and dog on Southbourne Beach, as well as visiting The Crooked Book. Just sitting there and drinking tea, just chilling out. Parts of it remind me of back home in Barcelona — like the seaside. I also like a walk through the gardens and have a couple of glasses of wine in 60 Million Postcards.

Visit the new shop at 827 Christchurch Road, Pokesdown, BH7 6AR. You can also check out the Vinilo website or their Facebook for new releases, upcoming events and offers. For more stories surrounding local venues, click here. Plus, you can follow HQB News on all our social media channels: FacebookTwitterInstagramLinkedIn  and YouTube

Scott Boeser
Scott Boeser
Scott is a Multimedia Journalism graduate from Southampton. He joins HQB Media with a passion for the creative industries and a personal interest in music. In addition, he has a self-professed love of nature and the outdoors, a passion that drives interests in ecology and the environmental debate. Through journalism, Scott hopes to broaden his understanding of the world around him, whilst giving his readers an insight into the things he encounters.

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