Vinal Edge Is Moving to The Heights — and SCR Has the First Look at the New Location
Just the other day, SCR got a tour of the new Vinal Edge location on 19th Street in the Heights. It’s located on the same block as the old Harolds In The Heights, right next to the Buffalo Exchange.
Vinal Edge owner/local legend Chuck Roast told us that he’s looking forward to more foot traffic, and even hosting in-store performances with beer and food. It’s an interesting neighborhood for Chuck and Vinal Edge. I think of him as the tastemaker of Cabaret Voltaire fame; the guy who left KPFT because he’s too hardcore. But his shop is in a genteel area now.
Mind you, so are the other record stores in town, at this point, and just the fact that people can/will be walking by is the advantage to the store. But it was so funny to stand there and count the luxury cars parked out front. The whole area reminded me of The Strand down in Galveston (minus the cruise terminal and all it entails).
The shop next door, Casa Ramirez, is a Mexican folk art shop. I thoroughly enjoyed shopping there and I’ll be going back for years. The Buffalo Exchange is in the next building over. I’d heard of the place and went in, it’s like those cool thrift clothing stores on Westheimer, a cool place, even though I’m too tall to buy anything. There’s lots of nice cafes nearby. Chuck told me there’s a cigar bar opening across the street. It’s that kind of a neighborhood.
It seems like a great adventure. I grew up near the original location of Vinal Edge, on Veterans Memorial at Bammel North Houston. My friend Tom Koenig and I would leave Northland Christian School and walk to Chuck’s store to buy tapes, then CDs, and then vinyl.
That store was responsible for rescuing me from L.A. glam rock, and worse. I likely would not ever have been published by the Public News, Houston Press, or Space City Rock if it weren’t for Chuck Roast opening Vinal Edge way out in our remote suburb. But now he’ll have a whole new generation of young people arriving regularly nearby, and good for them! They’re lucky. I can’t wait for the in-store performances!
The old store at 13171 Veterans Memorial closes June 24th and has massive sales going on until then. The new store at 239 West 19th Street opens July 1.