Welcome to another QRD. I don't think I've done this many issues in a year since 1995, so things are a little exciting in a way. Anyway, this issue I interviewed a bunch of indie record store owners. A lot of the questions I asked these folks were about my position as a small label owner, but they will hopefully be of interest to you as well. I'm including a couple of definitions below that may be of help to those lacking in a little bit of the jargon.
Our cover art this issue is a photo of a scale model of aQuarius recOrds.
It's also probably worth
mentioning the following interviews we did in the past:
Big-box Store - A term that refers to a style of physically large chain store & by extension to the company behind the store. The terms superstore, megastore, & supercenter also refer to these retail establishments.
Brick and mortar (B&M) - A company which possesses a building for operations.
Distributor (distro) - The middleman between the manufacturer and retailer. After a product is manufactured, it may be warehoused or shipped to the next echelon in the supply chain, typically either a distributor, retailer, or consumer.
Mom & Pop - A common colloquial expression for a single-family operated business with few (or no) employees other than the owners.
One-stop - A wholesaler that
gets products from many different distributors into one central ordering
system for retail stores.