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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:35 pm 
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Received this email today from them titled “All good things”


“....

...must come to an end

You guessed it

Sikora's Classical Records is closing

... after four complete decades in the business of Classical music!

We will close our doors for the last time on February 28th, 2019, the
date of our perfect 40th anniversary, and our final day of operations.
We hand over the keys to our landlord on March 1st.

Before we go any further, it is important, here, to issue an apology
to those customers who were inquiring if the 50% off sale on used
merchandise was a foreshadowing of the store going out of business. We
had to deflect those questions, as we needed to get everything ready
and in place for the official and public announcement that we're
making today. Please understand that it was necessary to protect that
information prior to today.

The reasons for our closing down are simply those you would easily
guess at, given the state of the recorded music industry the world
over. For us, it all boils down to what we have come to call "the 5
Dirty Ds"

Demise... of a certain proportion of our customer base. The generation
of customers that avidly bought and collected CDs and LPs of Classical
music is, quite sadly, steadily leaving us. Their absence is having a
profound impact on us here, and when considering the length of time
we've known so many of our customers, it's like losing close friends
and family.

Downsizing... by those who are moving into smaller living spaces, and
can't fit it all in.

Digitalization... in the form of MP3 downloads and online streaming.
The demand for physical product isn't what it used to be.

Desertion... by a certain percentage of our former clientele. There
are those who decided that supporting amazon and other online sellers
was more convenient than supporting something truly unique in the city
and the country, if not the world. People have the right to choose
where and how they shop, and while we have to accept that trend for
what it is, it has obviously been a large contributing factor in our
decline.

Distribution... of the CDs upon which we depend so greatly. While most
of our Canadian distributors are doing a decent job of it all, some
are failing us to varying degrees. Without naming names, our two
biggest suppliers are stocking less and less in Canada and they are
simply mishandling their own product as well as mishandling our orders
- to your and our mutual frustration! As a result, we simply cannot
supply product the way we'd like to and how you've all been used to
for years. The effect of these distribution problems has unfortunately
created an image of unreliability on our part, though it's not through
our doing.

And let us now turn our attention to the Sikoras, the namesake of our
store. **** and Dorothy Sikora, part of the original ownership of the
store, currently reside in Portland Oregon, and they are now 91 and
88, respectively. Our partners did their best for Vancouver, believing
that no great city should be without a venue for the consumption and
enjoyment of Classical music. The partnership sat down and looked at
the situation with the highest degree of consideration, and made what
was a difficult but unavoidable decision to close the store and bring
about the end of an amazing era. It is with sadness and reconciliation
to the state of things, that we make this unfortunate announcement to
you all regarding our closure.

And so, starting today, November 15th, we begin our clearance sale,
and yes, we will use that line that everybody knows, but never wanted
to think of in reference to Sikora's "EVERYTHING MUST GO!"

ALL NEW CDs and NEW LPs are 20% off until further notice

ALL USED CDs and USED LPs

will continue to be 50% off

ALL SALES FINAL

Some details you will need to be mindful of going forward are
presented below.

All existing gift certificates will be honoured right up until the
last days of business.

All existing trade credits will continue to be honoured right up until
the last days of business.

Of course, we will continue to take and fulfill all of your requests
and special orders, and we will do what we can to ensure that this
will continue into 2019 for as long as possible. Please understand
that all special orders taken before and after the beginning of the
clearance sale will be sold at regular price, and will not be subject
to discounts. We cannot bring in product just to sell it off at a
near-zero margin.

As with all our sales, there are some familiar restrictions and
limitations to annouce.

Any items currently on hold will not receive the discounts mentioned
above. Items requested to be placed on hold during the sale will
forfeit any and all discounts. Mail orders will certainly be included
in the sale, provided the transaction is processed and shipped that
same day.

We have taken delivery on the enormous collection 'BACH 333,'
representing the complete works of J.S. Bach and containing 222 CDs
and 1 DVD. This boxed set is already on special offer for 699.99 and
will not be included in the clearance sale. A great Christmas present
can be made of this set, but it's a wee bit big for a stocking
stuffer, although depending on just whose stockings those are...

And before we bring this newsletter - not our last, by any means! - to
a close, there are some things that demand being stated for the record
(pun intended!) -

No business can survive without its customers, and that is certainly
true of Sikora's. When we think back on 40 years of business and the
volume and breadth of people that have come through these doors, it's
been an amazing experience, and we have to thank you all,
collectively, for your past, present, and continuing contributions to
the unique entity that is Sikora's Classical Records. We literally
couldn't have done it without you, and for that you have our genuine
gratitude. Sikora's is much, much more than just a business. Over the
years it has evolved into a focal point for a very large community and
family comprised of those who love good music and all that goes along
with it.

All of us here - Ed, Roger, Will, David, Terry, Elaine, Paul, Rob and
Jamal, and on behalf of all past employees... we want to thank you
once again for everything you have meant to Sikora's.

We ask that you join us in the celebration of our final and 40th
anniversary and help us "go out with a bang!"

When many of you visit the store, you ask for our opinion on what is
best to buy, which version of this or that, so let us make this one to
you all now. Our musical recommendation by which to review this
newsletter is the orchestral song by Richard Strauss entitled 'Morgen'

... and that's how this newsletter shall end.

We'll see you at Sikora's, at least for a little while longer...



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:55 pm 
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I never shopped there, wow...after 40 years that is very sad

Where I live and this was years ago already, The Future Shop put 2 stores out of business that were around since the late 60s
I remember talking to the owners they couldn't compete any more. There is a small store now, its under the AVU umbrella

This isn't the same thing, but it was probably like 5 years or more ago The Future Shop quit selling CDs...sign of the times


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I hadn't been to Sikora's for many years and I was shocked to see they were still in business when I googled their name recently.

They were the Monroe's Books of the classical music world. Someplace you could spend hours at browsing through thousands of cds. Their back loft area that was hidden behind a free standing poster held a treasure trove of thousands of used lps you could get lost in for days. Their staff were very knowledgeable.

Truly a loss for those who seek out physical media.

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The Demise is very real. I am in my 50s and few people in my age group listen to classical. I have bought from estates and even been gifted classical LPs because people know I will enjoy them and look after them.

One other "D" is that many of us with large collections simply Don't Need more classical records. I decided in June 2018 that I would stop buying classical LPs but that has not worked out due to the incredible availability of collections at low prices. Still, at some point, even I will slow down.


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Thanks for posting this. It's sad but understandable. I was a regular for the 2 years I lived in Vancouver in the mid-80s and any time I went back I made sure to get to the store. I'm sure the airline people wondered why my luggage was so heavy!
Mr. Sikora owned the store when I first went and the last time I was there I was told the most amazing story.
I'm short on details but he must have had some warning that his health was not good and he essentially gave the business to some of the then current employees who have kept the business running since Mr. Sikora's death.
I was always treated with respect and I doubt I ever left the store empty-handed.
All my best to the current owners. I can't see traveling 5,000 km to go to a record store sale but you never know.
Banerjba hints at something that nags at me every once in a while and that is what will happen to our collections when we are gone? Since I won't be around I probably shouldn't care but the thought of something I've put 50+ years of my life into being given away to someone who may only see the collection as a money-making opportunity doesn't sit too well. There was a time when university music libraries had some interest in serious collections but those days are long gone. They're more likely to be trying to get rid of LPs. I think there will always be an interest in serious music on vinyl - it's just a matter of finding those people. (cue the violins)


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fjferal wrote:
Banerjba hints at something that nags at me every once in a while and that is what will happen to our collections when we are gone? Since I won't be around I probably shouldn't care but the thought of something I've put 50+ years of my life into being given away to someone who may only see the collection as a money-making opportunity doesn't sit too well. There was a time when university music libraries had some interest in serious collections but those days are long gone. They're more likely to be trying to get rid of LPs. I think there will always be an interest in serious music on vinyl - it's just a matter of finding those people. (cue the violins)


I would be ok to have someone make money off of it - it means these records I have been accumulating since 1977 will end up in a collection and not land fill.

Records on Wheels in Dundas bought a collection from the estate of a former customer. I mean thousands of mint condition (some unopened) classical records. I bought quite a few. That's win-win-win. Estate was able to get rid of the LPs. RoW will make money. I got a couple of dozen flawless, hard to find classical LPs that I am enjoying a lot.


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I've got no problem with someone making money off my collection, I just want it to be me or my estate. With a few notable exceptions the dealers I meet seem to know the price of everything and the value of nothing.


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Checked out the store on Google.
What an amazing space!

Best wishes on all future endeavors.

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Just did my usual pop in and was really sad to see this. And then I trawled the sales and came away with an outstanding haul so mixed feelings. Thanks guys for your amazing service. You’ll be missed.


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breaks my heart! I was a regular there in the early years. In the late 70s and into the 80s I was in the shop almost every week as my wife worked in downtown Vancouver. In the intervening decades I was in the shop most years Just 4 weeks ago I got a new job within 5 minutes of Sikora's and dropped in to find they were closing out their inventory.

the store had changed a lot in the intervening years from almost all new vinyl to Cds in the 80s and now mostly an immense stock of used classical vinyl for which there must be a very small market.

One constant is the imposing pair of Linn Isobariks that must have been there for most of the 40s years.Last week I was impressed with the clarity and presence of the mid-range.

So long Sikora's. I will miss you!


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