I remeber way back when record stores were all independant affais. Sears and Penneys always had a real small rack of records, as did the old dime stores. But real record selection was at the dedicated record stores. In the closest town that had them, there were several of them. Some specialized in Classical, others Jazz, and one for pop rock, although all of them carried cross over selections. Some of them had playing booths were you could audition the newest releases. The pop store always had a lot of 45 records, usually the current top 100 and a small section for oldies ( I think they just pulled out records that did not sell from previous years). And I remeber when it all changed, and a record store opened in the new shopping mall, the writting was on the walls and with in a few years all the indies were gone. I missed the personal service and the slection, and the willingness for them to order an obscure or older titile for you.