Joe’s Record Paradise may be the most nomadic record store in the D.C. region. Last summer, owner Johnson Lee told Bandwidth that after several relocations, the shop had to move again, from its current spot in downtown Silver Spring to a place unknown — possibly Aspen Hill.
But today, Lee says, he signs a new lease at 8700 Georgia Ave., just a 10-minute walk from the store’s current location and the Silver Spring Metro station.
Joe’s will begin moving its stock to the new spot in mid-February, and Lee expects to open by March 1. (He says he’s hoping for the last weekend in February, assuming he doesn’t run into logistical problems.)
The 42-year-old business is just the latest local record shop to find new digs. Recently D.C.’s Red Onion mosied over to U Street NW, and the Falls Church location of CD Cellar (which is co-owned by my husband) relocated to a different space nearby.
One advantage of Joe’s new home, Lee says, is that it comes with more storage space — “so it won’t look as messy.”