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.
We certainly have quite the announcement to bring you this late afternoon! We have been holding off on spilling the beans on this one, but can finally let you all know that we are getting a new next door neighbor here in our new downtown home. That is Benny DeWitt who is opening up “Good Heart Tattoos” which is going to be a new tattoo studio located at 414 E Monroe Street, just on the other end of the alley. Here is Benny’s big announcement:
I am excited to announce that I am opening up my own place to make tattoos in Springfield. I will not be traveling for a while, but after doing so for quite a few years I believe I have a vision for what tattooing can be for our city.
A year ago I wrote some goals and wishes in my journal and one of them was to figure out where I want to open shop permanently and the other was to pick up as much knowledge of my craft as possible.
After heavy consideration, I decided that the clients and friendships I’ve made over the last decade tattooing here mean a ton and I don’t want to miss out on my friends and family.
It is my goal to bring the absolute best tattooing home and build the culture and space it deserves!
I will still be tattooing at Black Moon until I announce an opening date early fall.
If you’d like to get in and bless me with work while I undertake this journey please do! It will be a labor of love and I will work hard to bring the best tattooing I can to our region!
That’s right, you heard it! Now that we are downtown, we get to participate in the Downtown Springfield Sidewalk Sales – which happen two Saturdays out of every year. We tried to do this back in the spring but it rained that day. Now the weather is looking much better at a high of 82 degrees and sunny. For the sidewalk sales, a number of downtown businesses take part in different sales, or putting stuff out on the sidewalks. For this we will be putting all of our $1 records out on the sidewalk, and will be holding an all day sale of 20% off everything in our store. Enjoy!
In addition to all of that, local clothing brand “The Zodiac Custom” will be doing a pop-up shop inside the second room of our store! That will be happening from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.