Mike Chlanda, in front of his store Margarita
PHOTO BY DIANE CHIDDISTER
store is back in business
Villagers seeking a hard-to-find jazz CD or a classic rock album dont
have to go far to find them Margarita Music is back in business.
I want people to know were open again, owner Mikey Chlanda
said of his Dayton Street business. Lots of people dont know.
Margarita Music, which has served local music lovers for many years, was
closed several weeks last fall by the State for alleged nonpayment of
$17,195 in state taxes. However, Chlanda said, the estimated amount the
business owed was wildly off base, and in fact he only owed several hundred
dollars for a period of nonpayment that took place several years ago following
The State opened the store again after negotiating with his lawyer, said
Chlanda, who also owns the Yellow Springs Freeze.
Business has been slow following the stores reopening, he said.
Store hours are noon to 7 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and noon to 8
p.m., Friday and Saturday.
Recently, the store added more new vinyl LPs, especially classic
rock, alternative and punk music. Music companies are producing more vinyl
because some listeners consider the vinyl sound to be warmer
than a typical CD sound, said Chlanda, who said some of the new LPs
are classic Beatles recordings. The store currently holds about 15,000
to 20,000 vinyl LPs, both new and used, and about 45,000 vinyl 45s.
It also carries several thousand CDs, especially rock and alternative
music, along with t-shirts and jewelry, and has recently added new punk
Most of his customers tend to be young people from the Dayton area, Chlanda
said, although middle-aged people who collect jazz are also frequent buyers.
Currently, he does about 90 percent of his business on eBay or Amazon.com,
auctioning hard-to-find music.
Chlanda began his business 13 years ago in Kings Yard as Margaritaville,
specializing in cards and t-shirts. Gradually, the music end of his business
took off and he changed the name to Margarita Music and moved to Dayton
Street a couple of years ago.