Downtown Juneau record store plays its final song

Owner says 'one long digital bloodletting' led to his store's demise

Posted: Sunday, February 08, 2009

Rob Cohen expected his record store, Capital City Records, to die a little sooner than it did. But his going-out-of-business sale instead extended his shop's life expectancy, though for just a few more weeks.

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Brian Wallace / Juneau Empire

"Tomorrow's it," he said Friday, standing amid a pile of cardboard boxes loaded with disks. "I've got to move on, and return this merchandise to distributors."

Saturday was several weeks past the January closing date Cohen once expected. That's because once he announced his record store's imminent death, and the associated end-of-times sales, people started to flood the place.

Capital City Records started as a mall store, then moved downtown and was open on Seward Street almost eight years.

Cohen said "one long digital bloodletting" finally killed his store, like many other record stores that have fallen victim to the digital age of music.

But just because Capital City Records has closed doesn't mean Cohen will be leaving the musical arena for long. Instead, he's going back to teaching music lessons.

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