ECHO PARK — The owner of Origami Vinyl, one of the first Eastside shops to open amid a revival of vinyl records, has closed the business, turning the space over to a Chicago-based record store and voiding all outstanding gift certificates.
After opening seven years ago, Neil Schield announced the closure of the narrow Sunset Boulevard storefront over the weekend. He said that Permanent Records, a vinyl record shop with outlets in Chicago and Highland Park, will take over the Origami space on the same block as The Echo nightclub.
Schield, a resident of Echo Park, did not say exactly what prompted the closure. His email message said:
“While this may come as a surprise to many of you, it has been something I’ve been thinking about for the past year. It is time for me to move on to new challenges and adventures and I will cherish every moment, relationship, and experience the shop has given me. Origami Vinyl started as a childhood dream for me and I feel so fortunate to have lived out that dream.”
A going away event will be held on March 26 at the store. Schield also had more bad news for Origami customers: all outstanding Origami Vinyl gift certificates “will not be accepted and are void.”
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