We had the good fortune of connecting with Jenkins Boyd and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jenkins, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Me and my dad started the store together in 2006, we had been slingin records at shows for years so we already had stock and when I graduated high school I figured I’d rather start a business than go to college so here we are.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
One of the main things that sets us apart from others is the selection, organization, and maintenance of our stock. Everything that goes out on the floor is cleaned and provided with an inner sleeve and outer sleeve. It is organized by genre and alphabetically and we are ALWAYS looking to add to our selection whether it be through the ordering of new artists and reissues to buying record collections from individuals that range from just a handful of records to tens of thousands of records. The other major thing that sets us apart is our buying practices. It’s important to me to provide a place where people can go to get an honest and fair appraisal of their records. I treat people fairly and honestly and it pays dividends in the long run with how many referrals I get leading to more records and providing my customers with fresh stock and a better buying experience. Owning your own business is a lot of hard work, frustration, and stress. In my case most of it was self inflicted as I didn’t have a freakin clue how to run a small business. This store is a testament to the “learn by your mistakes” philosophy of business. I was lucky enough to have an incredible support system through friends and family and I caught a few lucky breaks along the way too. I don’t necessarily want them to know anything about my brand and story, I just want them to buy records and be excellent to each other.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This question is just so hard to answer with all this covid business. I don’t go out near as much as I used to so I’m not even sure what all is open. Night life and social gatherings are borderline non existent so I would definitely take them to the museum district, botanical gardens, bike the trinity trails, the water gardens, drive em down to cowtown and let them trip out on some brick streets and cliche cowboy gear. We would have to hit all of my favorite food spots. Benito’s, M&O, Nish, Samson’s, Spice, Salsa Limon, La Pasadita, Pho Big Bowl. Most of the trip would probably just be us eating, haha.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Jerry freakin Boyd! My dad is awesome, he’s been there the whole way with all of the support, hard work, and sage advice I’ve ever needed. Love you, dad! Also, big love to my staff. Thanks for all the hard work and good times!!