After 30 Years, Hyde & Zeke Records Has Final Sale
GAINESVILLE, Fla.-- Its been a staple of the Gainesville community for three decades...
But today the music stopped for one Gainesville record store.
Hyde and Zeke Records opened shop earlier today for the very last time.
After 30 years of business, they had their final sale.
"I cannot remember a day that I didn't want to come to work," said employee Bill Perry.
Perry has been working at Hyde and Zeke for 32 years.
"The best adventure anybody could have. I've met the most wonderful people, got to have as much fun as I wanted to, listened to whatever music I wished to listen to," Perry said.
But today will be his last day.
After the death of store owner, Charles Scales this past july, his wife Jan decided it was time for Hyde and Zeke to come to an end.
"It's extremely bittersweet to let the store go, but for me it was the right decision to make," said owner, Jan Scales.
Jan says the store ins't the same without her husband.
"The store really is Charlie… I was always saying it's part of who he is, it's part of his identity," said Scales about her husband.
She says shes scared of selling the store, and it loosing it's charm.
"This is one of Gainesville's community living rooms… and I just couldn't see the possibility that might not be what it would be with the next person," Scales added.
Perry who is in charge of closing the store tonight, said Scales was more than just a good boss.
"He was a fun, loving person, that was an incredible musician, but first and foremost he was a great family man," said Perry remembering his friend.
According to Jan, her husband's love for records is what kept the store going.
"He was very passionate about vinyl, about records, and trying to make sure that didn't completely leave."
… And because of scales, a younger generation has found a love for something a little more old school.
"Kids are buying records and loving it," said Perry.
As the store says its final goodbye to the community, it's Charlie who is missed the most.
"I miss my friend. I miss my friend dearly, I miss him every day," Perry said about Charlie.
Customers who were buying albums at Hyde and Zeke today all remember Charlie as a kind man.
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