Nov 15th, 2007 // 6 Comments

311xInlineGallery.jpgRecord stores–especially independently owned shops–across the country have been in peril for years, but, as usual, Houston is keeping it real. Cactus Records, one of the city’s oldest and best-known independent music stores, is re-opening its doors a year and a half after its original owners retired and closed it down. The store’s long-time manager pooled finances with a ragtag team of local businessmen to reinstate the Houston alterna-culture landmark. The store has moved over a few blocks to a new location, but according to co-owner Quinn Bishop, little else has changed: “It has the same vibe as before. We just made it funkier.” Whatever that means! [Houston Chronicle, via Coolfer]

  1. Camp Tiger Claw

    Funkier? You can count me out!

    -Joel Selvin

  2. Ted Striker

    Hell yes. Cactus was the last decent, all-encompassing record store in Houston, and its departure was greatly mourned. It’s return is being equally cheered.

  3. Charlie Kerfelds Jetsons Tee

    Ooh! Will it feature insanely overpriced records, just like the old location?!

    I disagree, Striker. I couldn’t stand that place.

  4. Ted Striker

    I’ll grant you that the last couple years the prices got Sam Goody-esque. But then again, you could find local stuff that Best Buy wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole. I was ok with paying the premium for the selection. Plus, the new one is walking distance to Amy’s Ice Cream.

    Jeez, I would’ve expected people to get worked up about CBGB’s or some shit, but I never imagined there’d be a discussion of lil ol’ H-town on Idolator.

  5. heyzeus

    An even greater triumph for independent music stores: The new Cactus is in the location of an old Wherehouse Music!

  6. Anonymous

    it sounds like it will be the same as it ever was, over priced cds, rude employees and a smattering of spencer’s gifts items. i guess i’m just waxing nostalgic for the mediocre and mundane.

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