When I was a toddler, my cousin had a vinyl record player on one of the upper shelves of a huge book case. It was a see-through plastic case which was opened only when the vinyls were played, and then got promptly shut again so that it wouldn’t collect dust. I could hardly see the record player itself cause I was too small to reach it, and I would not be allowed to touch it even if I could. But I loved the squeaky sounds that the vinyls made right before the music was about to start. Also, I still remember the distinct sound of vinyl that can hardly be mistaken with any other record-playing device such as modern mp3 and CD players.
Visiting the Archtop Cafe is much like visiting my childhood for me. They often play vinyls, and the selection of records is great. They have classics, rock, pop, and everything in between. The coffee and pastries they serve are on par with their music – there are always croissants and cookies on the menu.
Occasionally, Archtop even features live music. The singers and musicians are so creative and inspiring! What’s even more fun is that all of these artists are very approachable. It is so enriching to be able to listen to their music and then discuss their art afterwards in an informal setting.