That’s not what they call it, but that’s really what it is. The sign says “Stereo Discount,” but the shop is full of all kinds of old-fashioned electronic equipment. Speakers, amplifiers, turntables, tape players including reel-to-reel. Big stereo consoles. It’s also got a some wonderful old toys, some humorous and entertaining paintings, an interesting variety of musical instruments from bongos to electric guitars. There was no doubt more, but I was afraid to look.
I wanted the big silver disco ball on the ceiling. I was afraid to ask the price. What would I do if it was inexpensive? I’d have to buy it! Where in the world could I put a basketball-size disco ball? Too big for anyplace but the living room, but we don’t have the ceiling height to support it. Owen’s tall. He’d have to duck.
Despite not buying anything (my son was bringing in a tape deck for repair), I enjoyed the place. Every shelf had something unique, something I’d never seen before.
There used to be places like that all over Boston and most small towns. Now, I don’t think there are any places like that left in Boston and although we had a couple of little shops like that here, the rents here went sky-high too. Real estate prices got so jacked up, no one but a wealthy shop could afford the rent. Those cool little boutiques that gave places like Charles Street its charm as well as the last remaining bookstores gave up and closed. I hope they moved somewhere else. They were the fun part going into Boston. Now, wherever you look it’s just chain stores. Some very upgrade chains, but nonetheless, the unique and fun stuff has left town.
Of course, who knows what will happen now with so many places shut down? Maybe they will consider lowering rents. That would be a first!
If you live in the area, you can find the shop in East Providence, Rhode Island.
279 Taunton Avenue
East Providence, RI 02914
Tel: (401) 521-0022