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Tomorrow is Record Store Day—the annual celebration of record stores worldwide—but for one longtime D.C.-area record store, there will be no celebration. Joe’s Record Paradise, which has been around since 1974, recently announced that it was moving locations (but still staying in downtown Silver Spring, where it has been located for the past several years) and had planned to open the new store in March. But the permitting process has held things up, and as a result, Joe’s says it is bleeding cash.
“Music fans, we are in trouble! Between having to miss Record Store Day and the failing of the permitting process, we are reeling,” owner Johnson Lee writes on the GoFundMe page for the business. Lee says that he’s spent all of his funds on moving and has gone into debt to complete the move. With the $4,500 in taxes he says he’s about to pay, Lee is hoping to raise enough funds “to keep afloat the employees so we don’t lose them as they can only wait so long for this to sort itself out.”
In just a day, Joe’s Record Paradise has raised nearly $5,000. But Lee has a long way to go—he’s hoping to raise about $30,000 to keep his business going. It’s unclear when, exactly, Joe’s new location is going to open at this point. In an email, Lee says that they “have architectural drawings being made right now” and plans to submit them next week. “We’ve never been in this position before and it’s usually us throwing an event or concert to help someone else with their medical bills,” he writes.