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Revolution Records

Owner’s dream becomes reality with opening of store in South Cape

February 15, 2019
By KATIE J. EGAN (news@breezenewspapers.com) , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

One of the most familiar things Jason Handy remembers hearing from his parents is, "Why do you have to spend so much money on records?"

From the time he turned 9 years old, he was always buying them.

And for the past 30 years, the Englishman said the idea to open a store has, "been in the works in his mind."

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KATIE?J. EGAN

Revolution Records owner Jason Handy prepares to play an album at his store in South Cape.

About five weeks ago, that became a reality.

"Now with vinyl coming back and being popular again and now being older and being able to afford to put money into the business as opposed to being a reckless 20-something, it made more sense now."

Some people say records went away, but Handy disagrees.

Fact Box

If you go:

What: Revolution Records

Where: 1031 Cape Coral Parkway,

East, Unit 101, Cape Coral

Hours: 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.,

Monday and Wednesday; Closed,

Tuesday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.,

Thursday through Saturday;

11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday.

To sell records: Email jason@

revolutionrecordsfl.com

More information: Call 239-257-

3191 or visit https://revolution-

recordsfl.com/

"It didn't really to the people that collected it. It didn't actually go anywhere. It attracts a wide audience from 15 year olds to 75-80 year olds," he said. "There's no shoe that really fits. It's all over the place and everyone can enjoy it."

Revolution Records is right in the heart of downtown Cape Coral, and Handy has only been open for a little over a month.

The store offers vinyl junkies rare and eclectic records from all countries and genres, including both new and secondhand items. Handy also sells books, memorabilia, record players, cassettes and CDs.

He chose the name Revolution Records for three reasons. 1. It's the name of a Beatles' song. 2. It's the name of a song by his favorite band, The Cure. 3. The speed a record moves at is measured by revolutions per minute.

"It had a little play on words. Not really deliberately, but it just worked out that way."

The word "records" was added to the sign out front at the last minute, the day before he opened. Handy wanted to make sure people knew what the store was about.

He chose the red white and blue colors because he likes that they are the same hue as the American and British flags.

Beatles and Star Wars memorabilia hang on the walls. Handy chose them because they have a universal appeal.

"It doesn't matter where you're from in the world," he said. "You've heard of it and people feel comfortable around it."

There's also plenty of space to add more stuff. In addition to Beatles and Star Wars decor, the walls are lined with other band posters and unique memorabilia.

"I just want people to come in, feel comfortable and see the stuff they want to see and leave with bags of stuff," he said. "That's every business owner's dream, right?"

Handy didn't build the shelving but he did the floor and painted the shop himself.

"All this stuff you see," he said. "It came out of my head."

In fact, when he decided he wanted to do this and found the space, he knew exactly what kind of colors he wanted and exactly how he wanted it to look.

In fact, he flew to Europe after he found the store's location and he drew a picture of what he wanted it to look like on the plane.

"When this was done, dusted and opened, the only difference between what I had drawn on the plane and when I had finished was that the desk was not in front of the window."

Handy thinks it'll probably take a year for Revolution Records to get noticed, for people to know he's there.

"Once word of mouth gets around and people know I'm here," he said. "They'll come back."

Handy says the demographic has been mixed. Lately he's seen a lot of younger customers.

For them, he purposely orders '90s titles, "Because that's what their parents would listen to growing up."

"It's funny to see someone pick up a Nine Inch Nails record and say, 'My parents used to listen to that.'"

He also orders newer titles that appeal to younger customers, too, like Rihanna and the Black Eyed Peas.

Getting his inventory together to open the shop came from all sorts of places.

As a record collector himself, Handy already had boxes of them in his house.

"So I got a head start on that front," he said. "I had to sacrifice some of my stuff to open the store. And I advertise word of mouth to bring in collections that are wanted and I see what's nice and could be salvaged and put in the store. A lot of it is right place, right time and right phone call, right time."

There are other record stores in the area and Handy sometimes works with them.

He keeps their cards out and if someone is looking for something he doesn't have, he'll recommend another local store.

"They do the same for me," he said.

When Handy first approached the owners of the building he's in, they were a bit surprised by his concept.

"When you say 'I want to open something that was popular 30 or 40 years ago,' it sounds a little crazy, it's like saying, 'Hey I'm going to open a coal mine,'" he said.

But Handy likes that the majority of people who come in, "are like-minded like me."

"You have that connection with them where you're not the oddball anymore. Everyone is the odd ball and that's a nice feeling."

 
 
 

 

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