Jill and Paul Epstein opened the doors to Twist and Shout more than three decades ago, welcoming Denver music collectors who love vinyl.
DENVER — After 33 years running legendary record store Twist and Shout, owners Jill and Paul Epstein have decided it’s time to retire.
The couple opened the Denver store in 1988 at the original location at 724 South Pearl St. Since then, the store has kept up with the times by not only changing locations, but also keeping pace with changing store formats. vinyl music in the digital age. .
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“The store I bought at an auction in 1988 was very poorly stocked, so I had to bring my collection (of albums) at that time,” Paul Epstein said. “Vinyl is king again now, which I’m thrilled to say.”
The Epsteins were both high school English teachers when they bought the store in the 80s. But Paul said music has always been his passion.
“I’m one of those kids of a certain generation who saw the Beatles on Ed Sullivan and it changed my life,” he said. “Since then, music has been the main thing in my life.”
Twist and Shout moved into the current Denver location at 2508 E. Colfax Ave. in 2006, offering customers everything from vinyl to compact discs, blue-rays and DVDs and a variety of music-related gifts. But he and his wife think the time has come for the store to change hands. Recently, they announced that their longtime general manager, Patrick Brown, would take over as the store’s new owner.
“Patrick started out as a customer and he was just another kid who came into the store,” Epstein said. “I know he gets it and will put his own brand on it, but the fundamentals that made it a great store will remain.”
“I believe I’m the only person who worked at every location we had,” Brown said. “We made a lot of decisions together, me working as a general manager here, so a lot of the feel you get in the store, I contributed as well.”
Brown said that while there is a change in ownership, helping customers buy records and browse through trash remains the number one priority.
“Nothing is going to change on that front,” Brown said. “The main change is not going to see Paul there all the time at the vinyl counter.”
Epstein said it doesn’t look like it’s been more than 30 years since they opened the doors to the vinyl room. He believes the store has become a part of life in Denver and that if it were to disappear, a huge hole in the cultural and musical life of our city would appear.
“Music is my passion, but community is what we share together,” Epstein said. “And that’s what made this store so special is that the community met here, found common ground here, this was their place and I’m so proud of it, I’m so happy and grateful that it continues.”
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