Grooveground – Record Store and Coffee Shop, Audio Interview

In the groove

I had originally planned on doing a video interview with the owner of The Bus Stop Music cafe in part II of the series, however I’ve had to push this back to Monday. In the meantime, I took a trip to another awesome record store that has also embraced the record store/cafe business model which seems to be increasingly popular these days. Check back for part II of The Bus Stop Music Cafe post this week.

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Interior shot of Grooveground

Groove Ground is not only one of the coolest coffee shops in South Jersey, it’s one of the most unique spots in the area to hang out, listen to music and pick up a new record.

Located at 647 Haddon Ave. in Collingswood, mere minutes from a PATCO station, Center City Philadelphia and other areas of Camden County , this coffee shop is surprisingly accessible, open Monday-Thursday from 7AM-10PM, Fridays from 7AM-11PM, Saturdays from 8AM-11PM and Sundays from 8AM-10PM.

Besides offering a delicious and eclectic regular and catering menu, the place is a local hotspot for musicians and music-lovers alike. Aligning the walls are racks of records and CDs which customers can browse through or purchase, ranging from newer releases to old or classic albums. They had a number of classic albums ranging from Nirvana to Led Zeppelin, as well as more contemporary music like Minus the Bear‘s Menos el Oso.

In essence, Groove Ground brings you back to a time when small, independent record shops were the places to be and customers had the freedom to just hang out and listen to a record, even if they didn’t plan on purchasing it. This is extremely rare nowadays, as big corporate chains continue putting music behind glass and selling only what’s mainstream.

Since last February, Groove Ground began hosting “Fridays Live,” which showcases local musicians, bands and artists of all genres in a live/acoustic setting. They also have a special event every second Saturday of the month, from book signings and readings to poetry and art openings, while also hosting community events. They are also a participator in Record Store Day.

In 2008, Groove Ground won “Best of the Best” among coffee shops in South Jersey Magazine, and rightfully so.

Here’s an audio interview with Grooveground employee, Rich DeGregory (the sound in the middle is a milk steamer):

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photos from the Grooveground website

GROOVEGROUND
647 Haddon Avenue
Collingswood, NJ 08108

Phone: [856] 869-9800

Mon-Fri: 7a – 10p
Sat: 8a – 11p
Sun: 8a – 10p

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