Valley man runs vinyl record business

Back in the old days, people who wanted to listen to music bought round, black vinyl discs. They spun them around on turntables as a little needle scratched along grooves in the disc, producing sound.

They were called records, and they reigned supreme before compact discs, and iPods, and smartphones.

But vinyl records never really went away, these days they have a devoted and growing following.

There's something about a vinyl record that makes listening to music a more intimate experience; it's hands-on.

"It's a nostalgic thing, comforting to people, more interactive, get up and flip a record, and drop a needle, not pushing a button," said Nick Boor.

At Vinyl Record Dude's Warehouse in Scottsdale, Nick Boor has built a thriving business around a passion for records.

"I like to make it fun and hang a lot of records up, all the posters from the old records people collect, all this stuff they hang it up all over the place," said Boor.

Nick Boor took FOX 10 on a tour of this warehouse.

"He's shipping out a bunch of stuff, we ship all over the world, a batch going to a happy customer somewhere, we have guys all over the world ship a lot to Russia, they love American rock music in Russia, it was hard to get for a long time, back in the USSR," said Boor.

So how many records does the Vinyl Record Dude have?

"Most are albums, some are 45s, like these, but the total is over half a million records," said Boor.

Classic rock still sells the best, but everything you can imagine is here. All sold over the internet using their website, and Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, Google, and more.

"You know I started in a closet, moved into a room, then a living room, and I realized I needed a warehouse to keep the stuff," he said.

So does he think he is obsessed with vinyl?

"I think everybody thinks that my wife thinks that, it is a hobby turned career, and I can do what I truly love," said Boor.

Boor has a few employees, and they love it too.

"Every single record is not just a time capsule of music, but fashion photography artwork," said Elvis Knievel.

Vinyl records are only a small part of the total music market, but that is ok to Nick.

"I think there will always be people who want to listen to vinyl, killed a couple times and resurged for a few times now, and this recent one has been huge," said Boor.

So how does the Vinyl Record dude get all his records? Plenty of them arrive the old fashioned way, people looking to get rid of some records bring their stuff over to Vinyl Record Dude's Warehouse in Scottsdale.

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