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Musicmania to close

Joe Gross

Musicmania, one of Austin’s oldest record stores and the best place in town to buy Texas hip-hop, will be closing their doors by October 31.

Store owner Bernard Vasek opened Musicmania on April 1, 1989 in the original Delwood Shopping Center (3909 D North IH 35 at 38 1/2 St.).

In 1993 when Fiesta Grocery redeveloped the center, they moved into a space nearly double their size (when the music retail business was in the middle of its CD-era boom), then reduced their footprint in 2012.

Over the years, Musicmania hosted many in store appearances by incredible artists like Don Walser, Junior Brown, The Geezinslaws, Master P, Trae, Z-Ro, Paul Wall, SPM, Chamillionaire, Bun B, Slim Thug, Mike Jones, Lil’ Flip, and many more, a diveristy that reflects Vasek’s ability to change with the times.

“I was a collectible vinyl store for a while,” Vasek told the American-Statesman in 2006. “Then we did a lot of country. Then around ‘93 we got into the Houston rap and we stayed with it. You have to have a niche in order to survive.”

Vasek said in a press release that he is exploring selling music online.

Everything in the store must go including all cds, vinyl LPs & 45s, dvds, posters, and all the record bins, display racks, listening stations, sales counters, office equipment, and more. The store is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday thru Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and closed Sunday.