Wonderland in September 2006Wonderland has a reputation for you-know-what. Actually, I should say they had a reputation for you-know what, because the ownership changed in 2003; it’s evolved beyond just being a record store, and Wonderland is now a record label and recording studio as well.
Back in my day, I only shopped there a few times, but never for you-know-what. But I had heard that the password for you-know-what, was requesting a specific album by the band Deep Purple. Which made me want to go in there and legitimately ask for that album, to see what happened. “No, I’m serious, I really want the record!”
Anyway, people do say that the staff in there is / was great (as was the selection and deals), but the most entertaining aspect of the store was the CDs shaking in the racks, as the train went through. Yes, that building is as old as it looks. It once served as a grocery store. Like, a long time ago.
Jeremiah’s opened in October 1992, in the back of the deceased Mini-Mall. They already had stores in Wilmington and Dewey, and had done well selling used CDs in that Perkins glassed-in room. They got the boot, though, when Rainbow took over the Mini-Mall space.
Bert’s had a nice respectable run at 90 East Main, but unfortunately closed shop in the Summer of 2007. The adjacent Caffé Gelato took over their old space. It’s a shame, as Bert’s had that pure independent record store spirit. Per Keith W, UD '98, “Bert's became my place, when I moved to Skid Row. Their selection was unbeatable for indie releases. Cool staff, too.”
Disc Go Round was in The Galleria during the second half of the '90s. As Randi, UD '00 remembers, “Most CD's were about $7.99, and they had punch cards; probably buy 10 and get the 11th free. I think they did sell some new releases, but I used to find all sorts of good stuff. That place was the reason that my CD collection swelled from about 20 to about 150 during my years at UD.”
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