Peoria record store spins special vintage tune

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PEORIA, Ill.– The mix of music and styles offered at Ribbon Records creates a unique pairing in Peoria. The two sides of the same vintage coin were brought together by owner Jenny Foster.

“I’ve been to other stores that have vintage clothes and records before and I thought why not try it here,” said Foster.

Since high school, Foster had a passion for vintage clothing, ultimately going to school in Chicago for fashion design.

“I just like clothes. I didn’t like what I could buy at the mall so I wanted something better.”

But when the opportunity became available to usher Ribbon Records into new leadership, Foster stitched her path to ownership in 2012. She brought music lover and consignor Matt McClellan on board to manage the records side of business.

“I’ve always been into music but I started listening to a lot of hip-hop you know when I was younger so I would kind of chase down the music,” said McClellan.

Together, the two spin a special tune.

“There’s also a sort of pace to listening to a record—like putting it on the table and looking at the cover. And you’re more present in the practice of playing the song,” McClellan said.

The business partners have had to navigate some challenges. They say generating the niche interest of vintage items was not easy early on. But they’ve since established their presence.

Foster said, “I just hope that the interest keeps growing and people start being more interested in wearing crazy things and being remembered for that instead of blending in with the crowd.” 

Ribbon Records is located at 641 W Main St. in Peoria.

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