On one of many New Jersey pages of Reddit, the web dialogue group web site, there’s a piece referred to as “Jersey Delight”, the place often any individual throws in one thing optimistic about New Jersey. I actually love to take a look at this dialogue thread (referred to as a “sub-Reddit by individuals who use the platform) as a result of while you reside right here, generally it’s exhausting to consider that something may really elicit emotions of pleasure.
However a household enterprise that has been round for as a few years as Music Nation in Cliffside Park deserves to be highlighted and does make me really feel a way of pleasure. Granted, there are much less and fewer mother and pop shops in New Jersey as a result of the state does make it troublesome to remain alive, however each infrequently somebody beats the percentages. Music Nation is a kind of quintessential New Jersey companies that’s so “Jersey” and so good that you just really be ok with the place we reside.
It’s, by all accounts— or at the very least by the house owners’ account on its website the oldest document retailer within the New York tri-state space and has been owned by the identical household over 80 years. Based on its web site it was began in 1934 by Anthony Taliaferro and his spouse Elsie and initially referred to as Taliaferro Radio & Electrical. The shop bought radios, document gamers and data. Ultimately the shop was handed right down to Anthony’s daughter Joan Demarest, and renamed Music Nation by Joan and her husband, Invoice. There are however just a few vinyl document shops left in New Jersey.
A photograph of the store exhibits that it’s really a throwback, with what appears like its authentic signal or at the very least a really outdated one, nonetheless asserting its title above the entry. The couple consider (and it’s in all probability true) that it’s the oldest document retailer within the US.
Based on Redditors, it’s nonetheless a improbable place to purchase vinyl data, collectibles, musical devices and equipment. Many recounted their expertise of buying there for the primary document they ever purchased. Who is aware of what challenges this household has needed to face in the course of the coronavirus shut down? But it surely’s vitally vital that shops like this stay in enterprise to take care of the true character of New Jersey.
The submit above displays the ideas and observations of New Jersey 101.5 discuss present host Judi Franco. Any opinions expressed are Judi’s personal.