Welcome to a brand new week! Happy Monday everyone! Today we bring you news this past weekend we brought home a *virtual* award for our store’s award shelf. We are thrilled to accept Downtown Springfield Inc‘s award for “most creative promotion” for our Downtown Pinball Tournament which was held earlier this past fall. We had a whole lot of fun setting up the pinball tournament, and we can’t wait to do it again later on this year.
The Downtown Springfield Inc. awards ceremony was held virtually this year. You can check out what other local businesses and people won other awards on the DSI facebook page right here.
Once again congratulations to Prairie Archives for being the official winners for our Downtown Springfield Pinball Tournament for 2020. Who will be the winner for this year?
Welcome back to another week! Hopefully everybody had some good holidays. We sure did. Our store is still appointment-only this week. Some exciting news we have today is that Dumb Records was just recently nominated in two different award categories for Downtown Springfield Inc.‘s “Best of Downtown 2020″ annual awards. (We didn’t win anything just yet)! The picture above is from last year’s award ceremony, where we won the category of ” Innovative Business Concept.”
You can check out the list of nominees on the DSI website right here. We have been nominated in categories of “Best Retail” and also “Most Creative Promotion” with our downtown pinball tournament. This year’s ceremony is virtual due to COVID-19, and tickets can be found for the virtual ceremony on that same link. The virtual ceremony is being called “DSI & Chill” and is happening Thursday, January 21st.
Let’s get spooky! While we would usually be hosting Halloween shows right around now (and can’t this year due to COVID), we are all about doing little things to celebrate this time of the year. Tonight, a number of downtown shops will be participating in “Shop The Haunts” downtown by being open late – until 10:00 pm, including us! These are the shops we know are participating:
Studio On 6th
Itty Bitty Fashion Truck
In addition to just being open late, we are opening our arcade to the public for free tonight, no purchases necessary. We also might have a bowl of candy out for anybody who is dressing up to do some trick-or-treating. We are still limiting the occupancy of the arcade to 5, and store occupancy to 10.
We are participating in a “VIRTUAL CASH MOB.” What is this? What does this mean? It means we are going to be selling a bunch of stuff exclusively through an online store at this time along with a live video showing you these items. There are going to be some really really good deals, so you are going to have to be logged in watching the live video to act quick! This live video will be shown on the Downtown Springfield Inc. facebook page. We will have the link up to an online shop where each item will be for sale as well. For this you can expect good deals on new and used records, turntables and speakers, exclusive t-shirts and merch items, and more surprises along the way!! Expect the cash mob to go for 30 minutes from 12:00 to 12:30 pm. It will also be hosted by Momentum on Main Street member Kristina Barbee. For other examples of Cash Mobs other downtown businesses have been doing, check out the Downtown Springfield Inc facebook page! We will be posting more hints on our facebook page of items we are going to be selling on the virtual cash mob leading up to the event.
The OTHER big thing that is going to be happening LIVE, IMMEDIATELY after we are done with our cash mob also on the Downtown Springfield Inc. facebook page on the same live video is THE FINAL ROUND OF OUR PINBALL TOURNAMENT. By this time the tournament will be down to TWO competing businesses. The game they will be playing, *live* is going to be Blackout (1980). This is a fast moving game, and the winner of the tournament will be the best two out of three of that game. This will be intense. The winner will get a trophy and a gold key to our our arcade, and a champion t-shirt.
THEN, last but not least the WINNER of our tournament will be pulling back the curtain on a NEW GAME that we WILL HAVE in our ARCADE!!!! LIVE!!!!!
Let the fun begin!!! Yesterday we officially kicked off our first ever Official Downtown Springfield Businesses Pinball Tournament here at Dumb Records. Pictured above are our first two contenders, representing businesses Prairie Archives and Public Market setting each of their high scores. Right now we have a nice round number of 32 businesses participating, but we are open to more joining during this first round. The tournament is a single-elimination style tournament with multiple rounds, and each round featuring a different game in our arcade. This first round features the game Medieval Madness and goes from now until September 6th. Businesses have until then to come in or send employee representatives over to set their high scores.
We will report back with the results for the final round on this site, and also give daily updates over on our facebook page. The winner gets a trophy.
Here we are today telling you about an “Artist On The Plaza” series that is just about over, and started back at the start of July. This one is being organized by the Springfield Area Arts Council, and it is a Tuesday and Thursday series taking place right outside of Café Moxo, one block over from us here downtown. From the Arts Council website:
For over thirty years, the Springfield Area Arts Council has hosted a summertime concert series called Artist on the Plaza. This year, the Arts Council will host the program with a new title, Artist on Adams, and a new location, outside Café Moxo. As in previous years, this series will consist of performances by local musicians and is free to the public. The hour-long concerts will be family-friendly and enjoyable for all.
The Arts Council acknowledges the Illinois Arts Council Agency for funding the concerts this year through an arts relief grant.
Happy Saturday! Today is the second time we are participating in the big annual “Vintage Love Tour,” orchestrated by our friend Linda over at Springfield Vintage. We are one of ten locations participating in this big tour – all locations including us have different vendors selling vintage goods, antiques, and more. We have five different vendors set up inside our venue space right now. For the full list of locations, check out that flier above, or the facebook event right here.
The Vintage Love Tour takes place from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Our store is still open our regular hours from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm today. Of course it is free to come out! Check out a facebook event for the tour right here.
February is right around the corner, and we are excited to be once again participating in a Valentines Day-themed vintage shopping event put together every year by our friend and neighbor Linda over at Springfield Vintage! That is the “Vintage Love Tour,” which happened in our space last year when we were brand new downtown as well as a handful of other local spots in Springfield and around the downtown area. This year it is happening on Saturday, February 8th from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm! There will be different vendors set up at our shop for this event as well as the other shops listed.
Find a facebook event for the Vintage Love Tour right here.
Wow! We are thrilled to announce that last night we went to the big fancy and smancy Downtown Springfield awards ceremony. The mayor gave his annual state of downtown address, and the governor gave an opening speech (on a TV screen). We were honored to be among all of the other downtown businesses and a lot of other business owners in Springfield. And we were very much honored to be nominees in two categories: best new retail space and best innovative business concept! Out of those we ended up receiving the award for best innovative business concept!
Thank you to the committee of Downtown Springfield, Inc. for giving us this award – we have had a very successful first year downtown and we are excited for many more!
Sure, we have a lot of big things lined up for Black Friday Record Store Day this upcoming Friday (in just three days), but this upcoming Saturday is a big day for downtown and small businesses all around the globe or country or something as well. It’s Small Business Saturday, and also the official kick-off for the Downtown Springfield “Holiday Walks”. Yes, we are participating in these “Holiday Walks” – our store will be open, because it pretty much is always open. The deal we are throwing in to the Holiday Walks is that we will be giving out free stickers with purchases during the walks.
Official “Holiday Walks” shopping that day is from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. From noon – 3pm by the Old State Capitol Plaza there will be free carriage rides. Santa will be there as well. Or wait, Santa’s grand entrance is at 5:30 pm at the Old State Capitol Plaza along with the official tree lighting ceremony. It’s supposed to be great.
Find a facebook event for the holiday walks kick-off event here. After Saturday, Holiday Walks are every Saturday and Wednesday leading up until Christmas. Saturday during the day from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, and Wednesday evenings from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. All of the shops downtown are open and have special deals going on, and are all decked out for the holidays. We have a tree in our store with records on it. Check out the Downtown Springfield Incorporated official website right here.