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Music Lovers Find Joy in New Colorado Springs Record Store | Company

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Shawn Mayo had a hand-drawn sketch of the dream record store he hoped to own one day hanging from his refrigerator. Twenty years later, he brings his drawing to life.

Mayo and his business partner Drew Morton opened Tiger Records last month, marking the creation of Colorado Springs’ newest record store among nearly half a dozen others, such as Earth Pig and What’s Left Records.

The shop, tucked away in a strip mall at 1625 W. Unitah St. on the west side of Colorado Springs, offers an array of vintage vinyl, new releases, sound systems and rock memorabilia, such as posters and stickers.

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“I’ve been in the recording business since 1985,” Mayo said. “I worked for many record stores, including Independent Records here in town, for 23 years I worked for them.”

But in March, Mayo said he had been fired from his job at Independent Records.







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Co-owner Shawn Mayo sorts vintage vinyl albums Tuesday at Tiger Records in Colorado Springs. Mayo and business partner Drew Morton opened the store last month in the west end of town. CHRISTIAN MURDOCK, THE GAZETTE


Mayo saw an opportunity for him and Morton, a friend and record hunter, to start their own store after acquiring a trove of records from a longtime collector.

They combined the collection with the fruits of their own record hunt over the years. With over 10,000 records, Mayo and Morton settle down.

In choosing a store name, Morton came up with Tiger Records in honor of his friendship with Mayo.

“I call people ‘Tiger’,” Morton said. “Shawn was the first person I called Tiger. I said, ‘Hey Tiger, how are you today?’ He thought it was so funny and we started going back and forth.”

In December, they were ready to welcome their first customers.

“We want people to come here and when they leave feel like they’ve learned something,” Morton said. “We want to educate people on some vinyl, on the turntables. It’s important that we convey that sense of community here.

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Even on a snowy day last month, record lovers and nostalgic music connoisseurs could be found browsing the rows of vinyl records.

“It’s like a scavenger hunt,” said Reed Robins, a client with his own collection of over 2,000 records. “You never know what you’re going to find.”

Sometimes the hunt means finding more than the documents themselves.

Morton said he became interested in records after browsing garage sales with his mother in the 1980s and buying his first records for nickels and quarters.

“That’s when I fell in love with the process of holding something physical, holding an album, releasing it, maybe there’s a poster in it, maybe there’s a brochure or booklet or something that comes with it that explains the band,” Morton said. “I get chills just talking about it. I love him so much.”







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Local artist Molly McClure holds up a Tiger Records T-shirt with her design Tuesday at the new record store on Colorado Springs’ west side. The store opened last month. CHRISTIAN MURDOCK, THE GAZETTE


And now that the store is open, Morton intends to share his love of vinyl and music with others.

“There was a vinyl I wanted called ‘Sad Eyes,'” said Cynthia Armatis, a customer who came into the store after her shift at nearby Wag N’ Wash. “And they know it, and where I looked before, nobody knew the title or anything. So he helped me try to find it.

Armatis also has other records; she went back to the store to buy a PA system to listen to her vinyl records.

“It was pretty fun to come here and check it all out,” Armatis said. “Vinyl is back.”

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