Highland Park will soon be home to at least three vinyl record stores after Strictly Grooves opens its doors this weekend. Owner Herbie Gonzalez has stocked Strictly Grooves, located next to Good Girl Dinnette on the ground floor of the historic Highland Park Masonic Temple on Avenue 56, with hand-picked records, and rare cuts, from taste-making DJs in the realm of hip hop, funk, soul, jazz, nujazz, reggae, boogie and beyond. Gonzalez, an avid art collector, also plans to exhibit art and photography in the storefront, which he prefers to call a “record gallery” instead of a record store.
The vinyl for sale comes from a variety of DJs, including Egyptian Lover, Ralph M, Coleman, Steve1der, IMI, June, Rude 1 and many more.·
This weekend’s “soft opening” will give shoppers a preview of what to expect before Gonzalez holds a grand opening and inaugural art show. This weekend’s hours are 12 pm – 10 pm.