About Grind and Groove Records
Grind and Groove records is an independent family run record shop in the heart of Keighley, West Yorkshire, UK. We have been established since November 2017 and are very passionate about vinyl and supporting our fellow Keighley independent businesses.
The vast majority of our vinyl is original vintage, but we do compliment these with the latest new releases.
Wondering about the GRIND in our name? Then wonder no longer because while you are “crate digging” you can grab yourself a freshly ground coffee!! Don’t like coffee? No problem – we also serve tea and hot chocolate to keep yourself lubricated in your perusing.
One of Gareth's other passions (apart from vinyl) is coffee, hence the name GRIND in the shops name. His monthly consumption of cappuccino alone pays for the rent of the coffee machine!!
Its is a desire of Gareth's to one day to source and roast his own green beans, to then serve up and also sell in the shop.
We also sell vintage record players, music artworks and greetings cards and service and repair your hardware.
17th November 2017. We had not long had our second child, so it was a huge step for Gareth to quit his “day job” to start his own business while Kerry was still on maternity leave.
Gareth Beck is the shop owner and works in the shop full time. Kerry (his wife) has worked behind the scenes during this time, however, was made redundant at her job at another company at the end of 2020 due to COVID reducing business. Gareth quickly recruited her into the business – working three days a week at present. The other days she looks after their 2 young children (8 and 4). We work around our 2 young children. Anything we cant get done in the shop during the day is done during the evening – such as ordering vinyl or sorting boxes of vinyl on our kitchen table! Many a Sunday lunch has been had with boxes of singles in front of us. We love that our kids are growing up with vinyl like we did – they love a good dance.
Ultimately it is the best format for listening to music for pleasure. The sound quality is like no other when you have invested in quality sound equipment. The investment in time made when putting a record on focuses a deeper listening attention. You are more likely to listen to the entire record (as its not simple fast forwarding like a CD or digital). You are owning a physical copy of the music (not in a cloud somewhere) – which brings you closer to the artists. Well bought records are proven to be sound investment.
Our shops continued success is built on regular customers. We have great relationships with our customers and see them as friends. For some customers we act as personal shoppers – offering recommendations for new artists or records that they really should have a listen to. They really appreciate given the heads up of new titles or special colour vinyl. We have regular customers that come in once a week to collect their new vinyl pre-orders. We have regulars that know Gareth will always have a special vintage record waiting for them.
However, saying that, every day we see new faces. We see tourists who have come to the surrounding areas, to take a ride on the KWVR steam train. People who are passing through on their way home from work. People who are vinyl collectors and must find the nearest record shop while holidaying
We find there is an even spread across the eras really, popular music remains so. However, vinyl sales has become as much about the full package as anything else – the cover art, any extras offered (such as sun glasses, signed artwork, stickers etc). There are many anniversary editions being releases each month – 50 years since George Harrison all things must pass – people, even having an original, still buy these editions. Recently for record store day the Foo Fighters released a record where they recorded Bee Gees songs. They re-named themselves the Dee Gees for this . We could have sold 40+ of these. The record company made very few however, which I guess made them even more sought after. Weeks later we had people still asking for it – while they are selling (Sadly) for big money online.
We are always presently surprised when we have youngsters coming in asking for David Bowie, The Beatles, Kiss etc. Colour vinyl always add an element of surprise and excitement to the purchases – if it’s a splatter vinyl what will it look like? What colours will it have. Its like Christmas opening up shrink wrap, seeing what it looks like and ultimately finding out that it sounds just as good as a standard black vinyl.
Gareths first record was – Sons of Beaches by Australian Crawl. It was an independent record shop in Whitford City, Whitford, Perth, Western Australia. Gareth, although born in the UK, moved to Australia at the age of 1 with his parents and brother.
Kerrys first record was New Order – World in Motion – she was just 8 at the time. ( I THINK I got it at Our Price in Bradford).
Nick Drake Pink Moon. However, we do have a fully signed Sex Pistols Never Mind the Bollocks in the vaults – which may or may not be shortly sold…….We also have 1 of only 20 records pressed of the Sex Pistols performance in Keighley, Nikkers nightclub from the never mind the bands tour.
We sell vintage hi-fi equipment – turntables, speakers, amps etc. We sell the best coffee in town – it helps that Gareth loves his coffee!! Actually recently we have become vegan and only sell coffee made with oat milk now, which we believe is much tastier than cow milk anyway. We also sell artwork from local artist(s), record brushes and cleaner, slipmats, jigsaws, Grind and Groove logo t-shits, tote bags and slip mats. We no longer stock plastic bags – and a customer would by a tote bag or we have paper bags.
We don’t like vinyl……..we LOVE vinyl!! Its tactile, tangible. You own the music, you can see the music!! The sound quality - see vinyl comeback answer.
Well, anyone who has visited our shop will know we are bursting at the seams……Gareth has more vinyl stored “out the back” than in the front of the shop!! So, when we heard that the Victoria Hotel Pub at the bottom of Cavendish Street was being regenerated to include retail units we quickly contacted them (before they advertised the fact). It became quickly apparent that we would become a great fit in the building and the owners wanted all business involved to complement each other. The two upper floors will be holiday lets, to bring more people to Keighley.
This will offer us more than double the space we have at our current location – which going forward in the future could offer us the opportunity to do in store album signings and have intimate gigs with local bands. Of course we will have more room to store our amazing vinyl, and we can offer more product – such as locally deigned greetings cards and more music related artwork (We already sell the artwork of ArtistWoz, an amazing local realism painter).
We already know that our shop brings people together with a common interest, strangers talk to each other about their love or hate for bands – we already sell coffee, but we want a dedicated area where people can grab a coffee and sit down and take in the music (we always have records playing) and chat to us or other customers in store. Many a record has been sold to people when they are listening to us playing it in store “wow, whats that your listening to? Can I buy it”.
This side of town is being re-generated, with the land behind Sainsburys carpark to become the new Aldi, and other retail units to be made here too.