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Rolling Stone Names Amoeba #1 Record Store in U.S., Fat Beats Closing on Melrose
Amoeba Records, along with its two other California locations, took top honors this week on Rolling Stone's list of 25 top U.S. record stores for unique vinyl and CDs. No surprises there and no other local stores were listed (Chicago garnered three spots!).
The news is bittersweet with the news we learned last month that Fat Beats on Melrose Avenue is closing its doors this weekend. The hip-hop store has been in business for 14 years and will continue to sell online. Performances are scheduled for throughout the weekend.
And that's not surprising news for Melrose Avenue either. This week it was reported that the trendy artery is seeing bleak times.