Struggling to find your groove on the east side? This Kirkland store may be your salvation — enter the Vortex.
"[It's a] conglomeration of vinyl, CDs, DVDs and Blu Rays," said Daren Compton. "I kinda keep an equal balance, with an emphasis on the vinyl."
Compton went into the record business around 2012 and stocks a little bit of everything.
"I keep it around because physical media is a dying trend, and a lot of people want to keep getting it while it's still around, virtually everything is out of print except for new releases. I'm happy to have something unique," Compton said. "I've been an avid collector since I was a small child, it virtually took over my houses, and I just thought it could be a marketable way, and between the physical shop and selling online, it been a good venture."
Compton said the number of people recently physically browsing the rows of records, CDs and must-watch DVDs in his shop has lessened, you might get the place to yourself, but online sales have picked up.
"We sell through Amazon. It works out pretty slick, we send out anywhere from 10-20 packages a day," he said.
Every corner of Vortex Music and Movies is packed with cool stuff — something for every price range. You never know what you'll find here, and inventory is constantly changing. Trades are welcome.
"Any used shop does trade, people bring their old product, like five albums for one, they're also offered cash, more in-store credit, so try to keep that moving that way we do trading, and we buy peoples collections," said Compton. "Vortex, just like the movement of it, something swirling, something never-ending, like a funnel. Does the store kind of suck you in too? I like to think so; I think a lot of people come in and they are surprised, memories it conjures up, that good feeling, the smell of old vinyl. It's a certain feeling you can't find in most shops."