Located at 709 West Rosemary Street since it opened in 2013, Vinyl Perk’s lease expired on June 30.
“I signed a lease, and it expires, and the landlord has other plans for the space,” Reeves said. “I have no bad feelings. It was a surprise, I would have loved to stay there forever, but they gave me more notice than I was legally entitled to.”
The brick building where Vinyl Perk was located was hand-built by the founder of Midway Barber Shop in 1952 and is now owned by barber shop owner Step Edwards. Reeves said he was given several months’ notice that his lease would not be renewed, but he still has yet to find the right spot for Vinyl Perk to reopen.
“I don’t know what the next step is — I want it to be the right step,” he said. “I would like to stay in the area — it’s a great area. When you’ve got a locally-owned small business, where the owners are right there, that’s special. It’s home grown.”
He said it’s tough to find a small, affordable spot in Carrboro or Chapel Hill, like he did in 2013 with the Rosemary store.
“Really, we were kind of lucky to find it,” he said. “We had a great time there. We built up a nice little community, we really did. I would like to keep it going, and that’s why we’re still looking. But I also want to wait and catch my breath and find the right spot, maybe one that’s a little larger and can offer more stuff.”
UNC senior Linnea Lieth worked at Vinyl Perk in the summers of 2014 and 2015.
“Jay cares a lot about the store,” she said. “It is his pride and joy, and he often was still in the store way past when he was supposed to leave.”