published on January 24, 2017 - 4:23 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff
Tower District record store Dynamite Vinyl is calling it quits after nearly two years in business.


That’s the word from co-owners Paul Cruikshank and Michael Kanz in a Facebook post, which states the biggest reason for the closure as fallout from hosting live in-store concerts.

“I will miss giving small bands an all-ages (alcohol free) environment. But ultimately – the live stuff is probably what did us in,” the post reads. “Things have changed with small all-ages shows and the drama swirling around them. No fun. We did fine financially – we could have kept doing it – but Michael and I both have careers we love and are paid well for – and without the fun we just couldn’t see it anymore.”

The lease on the store, located on Van Ness Avenue just south of Fresno City College, is up and “most of the product has been sold in one swoop to an out of towner,” according to the post.

Cruikshank, the post’s author, said he would like to some day start a smaller store for records and tapes, but not live shows.

Dozens of comments were left on Dynamite Vinyl’s Facebook post, most disappointed about the closure and some asking if it’s still to late to stop in and make a purchase.

“I’m sorry … it’s done,” was the response.

The store was home to vinyl, cassettes and books with a focus on punk music and other genres. The Fresno Bee’s Josh Tehee likened it to a “museum to all things hip, punk, indie and obscure” when reporting on its August 2015 grand opening.

“Tens of thousands of records later; along with at least a thousand bands playing – thank you,” according to the Dynamite Vinyl Facebook post.

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