Based in the Fountain Shopping Mall in Stockton, The Vinyl Word has created a haven for lovers of reading and anything to do with music.
Stockton has progressed over the years as a cultural centre of Teesside with a demand for the arts increasing significantly. That being said, The Vinyl Word is helping to keep that demand thriving in the area through their selling of pre-loved vinyl records, CDs, books and music-related memorabilia.
Shop owner Stephen Thompson developed a love for music with his first precious purchases at the age of ten which consisted of Depeche Mode, Gary Clail and On-U Sound System. He added: “My love for music has grown and deepened with my main obsessions being in electronic music and dance music. And one of my dreams has been to open up my own business where I can share my love for the arts”.
Taking advantage of Stockton Council’s Enterprise Arcade scheme which supports new independent retailers, he opened up The Vinyl Word in 2018 – and his plans do not stop there, as he is hoping to grow his business in order to occupy his own shop premises.
Stephen added: “I’m also involved in a variety of musical projects. As a DJ too, I will be spinning the decks at various venues across Teesside throughout this year. I’m also an aspiring producer going by the name of Hall North, focusing on house/techno music, and Huntsman for some soothing down-tempo electronica. I’m also preparing for a number of releases so keep an eye out for them as some will be released on vinyl too.”
Not only is he a business owner that’s invested in the arts, but he’s passionate about the music scene in the local area and has seen the positive movement over the last few years. He noted: “Stockton is now a fantastic location for live music. With the newly revamped Georgian Theatre, ARC, The MusicLounge and Ku Bar, these venues all offer a unique and exciting mix of live music every week. Also, with the prospect of the return of the legendary Globe coming next year, things couldn’t be more exciting in my opinion.”
The increase in live music venues feeds the demand for more music shops and The Vinyl Word looks like a business that will be a refuge for all you music lovers for years to come.
For more information about The Vinyl Word in Stockton, head to Facebook.com/thevinylwordstockton.