“Record Store Day is the biggest day of the year for us,” said Jim Kumpe, who owns Sweet Melissa Records with his wife, Melissa.
Kumpe said Record Store Day, an international movement, began in 2007.
“This is a day for people who make up the world of the record store — the staff, the customers, and the artists — to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities,” the Marietta resident said.
The Kumpe’s record business evolved from Antiques on the Square also owned by the couple. It is located in the same space as Antiques on the Square.
“Sweet Melissa Records is an independently owned record store, and we have participated since the beginning to express our appreciation to our customers and the wonderful concept of playing records,” he said.
“Record Store Day is a wonderful day of celebration with live in-store performances. There will be special vinyl releases and various promotional products made exclusively for this day. The beauty about this event is that there are Record Store Day participating stores on every continent except Antarctica,” Kumpe said.
To learn more about Record Store Day, visit recordstoreday.com. To learn more about Sweet Melissa Records, visit www.sweetmelissarecords.com or call (770) 429-0434.