The move will effectively double Harvest's floorspace, allowing owners Matt Schnable and Mark Capon to expand their already extensive collection of new and used vinyl and CDs. But the added space will also house entirely new features, including an extensive selection of record players and accessories, cassette tapes, a dedicated performance area and monthly art openings. A small office area and pricing station will also be housed in the new space.
Work is already underway preparing the room, and on Monday, Feb. 28, Harvest will officially close for final renovations. Half of the shared interior wall will be demolished to create a smooth flow between the two spaces, and Capon says vinyl will be housed almost exclusively in the new room, with CDs remaining in their original place.
The exterior, too, is getting a slight makeover. Regulars might recall that Harvest recently hosted a competition for new sign designs, and the winning submission has been selected and is currently in production. The new, larger insignia will be centrally located above both spaces, and Capon says he hopes to unveil it along with the new room.
Customers can get their first peek at the new Harvest Records on Friday, March 4, at 11 a.m. A grand re-opening party, with food, drink and music from Memphis krautrock outfit Cloudland Canyon slated for 8 p.m. It will also serve as an opening for a eclectic collective of local visual artists.
"I think that Matt and I have found ways over the last seven years to constantly present ourselves with new challenges, because I think we thrive on that in a way," Capon says of the move. "This is just another sort of thing that seems appropriate. It's daunting, but it's fun."