Herb Shop Records reopens at new site | TheUnion.com

Herb Shop Records reopens at new site

John HartLovie Bucknell, owner of the Herb Shop Records, stands in front of a rack featuring a variety of CDs.
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A little more than a month after a fire destroyed her record and CD store, Lovie Bucknell is back in business.

“Everything is back full circle,” Bucknell said Wednesday as people stopped by to listen to bands invited to celebrate The Herb Shop Records’ grand opening at 1151/2 S. Pine St.

The store was at The Herb Shop in the Elks Building at the corner of North Pine and Commercial streets. It was destroyed by fire March 20.

Bucknell’s new landlord and new next-door neighbor is Wally Hagaman, owner of the Pine Street Market. Hagaman offered to rent her the space immediately after the fire, Bucknell said.

Bucknell, who opened the business 21/2 years ago, was only able to save a few things, including two mannequins and a disco ball.

Much of her new store’s fixtures and stock – the counter, records and CDs, shelves, two cash registers – come from a store that recently closed in Auburn, Bucknell said.

Ron Quintana, owner of Ron’s Real Records in Grass Valley, was among those who helped Bucknell get her new store ready, including ordering new stock from more than 20 different companies, Quintana said.

The new store has more than 1,000 records and several hundred CDs, about one-sixth the selection of the old store.

“We hope to quickly increase that,” Quintana said.

The music selection includes rock, new wave, techno, jazz, Celtic, bluegrass, classical, easy listening, comedy, ambience, soundtracks and country.

“We’re starting out with some really good stuff,” he said. “A lot sold today. It was great.”

Musicians who participated in Wednesday’s Resurrection Celebration included Adam Kline, Aaron Ross, and Bodie Busick & the New West. Chris Olander, Bucknell’s stepfather, played the bass and recited several poems.

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