Top Ten Records on Jefferson in Oak Cliff is Dallas' oldest operating record store. This last year owners were thinking about throwing in the towel on the historical spot when Texas Theatre talked to them about turning it into a non profit community music venture. That's what brought us here last week after a $40,000 renovation in the spot.
Now I can't really give a good description of whether I think the store has improved because I've actually never been in the store before. Walked past it? Probably. Seen it? Most definitely. When I was a teenager, my mom used to drive me to Oak Cliff to go thrifting and most of the stores we'd go to were on Jefferson. It's the major Oak Cliff strip. It's funny how Bishop Arts got to be such a hot spot because it IS residential and Jefferson was really made for businesses. Jefferson is a predominantly Latino area. I think it should stay that way. There are plenty of awesome shops and local authentic restaurants that need to be checked out.
Jenny and I were having this discussion last week, where I was asking the question if people and places need to be white washed in order to be successful. Now I can only talk from my experiences and my interpretation of the world around me. As Dallas and Oak Cliff continue to grow, more and more prices rise, more businesses close, more outside money comes in, leaving us with a community that no longer resembles what it once was. Economically things like this happen in seasons. I see a fall out in the future especially when it comes to all this new development... but I'm getting off subject here.
The store itself looks amazing. I love mid century kitschy vibes when it comes to interior design and Top Ten Records really hit the nail on the head visually. Walking into the store I was a little underwhelmed with the amount of people there. Yet we did come at 3pm which apparently isn't the most happening time for a daytime party. We weren't offered beer which was good considering its my 24th stint in sobriety this year and it doesn't take much for me to fall off the wagon. Jenny looked over some vintage vinyl appropriately priced. Personally ... I have vinyl. I just don't have a record player anymore so I just hold onto it in case I ever get rich enough to consider paying for something to play music other than my smart TV. But that time hasn't came yet. So we walk around the small shop with a DJ set up in the back. Within 15 minutes I ask if Jenny is satisfied and we leave. So please check out the oldest record store in Dallas if for nothing else but to check out Jefferson as a whole and all the history and authenticity while it lasts.