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Beach Records -- Local record shop has vast vinyl collection of new and old

May 19, 2016
Melissa Schneider - Editor ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Over recent years, what once was a "buried form of media" has resurfaced as a deep-rooted nostalgic time warp: vinyl records. For some, records have become a new-old form of enjoying a piece of the past; blowing off the vinyl, placing it on the turntable platter and finding that perfect spot to drop the needle. For others, like Marty Bourgeois, they've always been a fan of the format. His shop/hobby of Beach Records, at 16120 San Carlos Blvd., Unit 10, is proof.

"People often say I?must have quite a collection at home. Come into Beach Records you're looking at it," he laughed.

His first record ever was Jackson 5 "I Want You Back,"?and his fascination has grown ever since. Now with an inventory of 15,000 and growing every week Beach Records has anything from the easy to find to the rare, from the very common to the obscure as well as a selection of CDs, DVDs and even VHS tapes.

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Beach Records owner Marty Bourgeois has an inventory of 15,000+ vinyl albums available, a number that increases every week. Photo by MELISSA SCHNEIDER

"The most we sell is rock and heavy metal, then punk, jazz and blues soundtracks and lots of reggae," Marty said. He's sure to keep a good stock of those "regular requests," including Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Grateful Dead, The Doors, Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Nirvana, etc. both original and re-released/remastered pressings. But he also has a fine collection of the harder-to-find, more rare jewels of the vinyl ocean.

"You never really know what we'll get in stock," he said. He and his staff son, Adrien, and staffer, Jillian recently came across a vinyl on musician Rayfield Reed. "After searching and searching, we finally found something on him," Jillian said. It turns out that album fetches $300. Another record they recently added to the inventory was an odd, little-known '80s progressive band that turns out to be worth 40 Tubmans ($800).

Beach Records' inventory is all organized according to genre, including Rock, Metal, Punk, Oldies, Reggae, Jazz, Blues, Soundtracks, Techno, Rap and many others, and the Newly Added section is perfect for the shop regulars who may not have time to sweep through the entire collection.

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"We have many regulars who come from all over Fort Myers Beach, Fort Myers, Bonita and even Naples," Marty said.

Prices are very fair, with thousands available for just $2 some even for free and Marty's always happy to work a deal with his customers. He welcomes guests to "try out" the albums if they're not sure of the band/music on his DJ booth turntable and often, local DJs will come in and spin different records for a couple of hours just for fun.

Feel free to sit back on the leather couches, talk music, vinyl and flip through hundreds of the new releases. A true expert in his field, Marty is also happy to help new vinyl collectors with their vinyl-care concerns, or issues they may be having with their turntable.

"I'm always happy to offer some advice," he said.

Jillian followed with, "Marty is the Rain Man of albums."

Record-swaps are welcome, and for those looking to unload their vast vinyl collection, be sure to give the owner a call. If it's a manageable amount, bring it by the store. If it's too large of a collection, he'll come to you. "We're always adding to our inventory collection, buying and selling from all over every week,"?he said.

From the common to the obscure, Marty is sure to have it in his Beach Records collection, but if he doesn't, he can special order it for you or add it to his "to find list."

A true musical mecca, Beach Records also offers live music nights about once a month from its stage. Usually held Saturday nights, enjoy live punk, reggae, rock or metal groups even a national touring SKA group on occasion. There's no charge to attend and the shop is then open until the later hours of the night.

Normal hours to Beach Records are Thursday to Sunday, from 2 to 7 p.m. The shop is around back of the building with Point Ybel Brewery, 11:Eleven Cafe and the 777 Arcade, next door to Marti's and the Lazy Daze Saloon. Just drive around the back part of the building and you'll see the Beach Records door with chalkboard sign stating its hours.

"It's a great little spot back here. During our live music nights, it gives everyone a chance to hang outside in the parking lot, spread out and have a good time," he said.

For further information on Beach Records, and to check out some of its latest additions, be sure to find the shop on Facebook. For vinyl collections or further information, call 239-878-7806.

Beach Records grand opening

The little record shop on San Carlos Boulevard has been open since July 2015. Prior to that, Marty's shop was stationed in the Bonita Flea Market for years. Since moving, several of his regulars insist on traveling 30+ miles north just to make it to his new island hot spot.

To celebrate one year open at 16120 San Carlos Blvd., Unit 10, he plans to host a big anniversary bash Friday, July 1, featuring an all-day celebration with live music, a food truck and lots more. Stay tuned!



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