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The History of Springfield, Buffalo, & Schoolkids Records

by Pauline Williams 

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Comments:

Tisha      11:18 PM Sat 10/1/2011

Clear, informaitve, simple. Could I send you some e-hugs?
 

Scott Verner      10:11 AM Mon 3/15/2010

Thank you for your kind mention of South Wing! (BTW, we're back together and playing from time to time in the Triangle area.) So where is Pauline now? sverner@charlotteobserver.com
 

Alex Webb      9:37 AM Wed 1/20/2010

Pauline,

Thanks for posting this story. My wife Carolyn and I visited Springfield shortly after you opened and Richard recommended an album and said if we didn't like it, he'd give us our money back, it was from a little band called Fleetwood Mac. We bought an album every week on payday.

You mentioned about having a baby in May of 1976, and we did too (she now lives in the area and we have a grand-daughter).

My wife says she sees you occassionally around town.

Hope you are doing well,

Carolyn and Alex
 

Sally Hunter      10:39 AM Thu 1/7/2010

I seem to recall that Buffalo Records had a fantastic logo. Do you have a photo of it?
 

Jim Cox      9:28 PM Wed 1/6/2010

I just want to tell you that Chapel Hill Memories rocks. Your content is fabulous.
I lived in Chapel Hill for 31 years, and learned more about the town in two hours on your blog than the whole time I lived there.
 

Keith Graham      2:53 PM Wed 1/6/2010

From the story it seems that within five years Pauline and Richard opened and closed three record stores. Looking back on it does Pauline see a way they could have made a profit and remained in business?

What was the main problem with the business - high rents, poor management, not enough business, or something else?
 

Fran Martin      9:14 AM Wed 1/6/2010

My father use to talk glowingly about Buffalo and Springfield Records. I wish he was still alive to read this article. It really sounds like they were incredible music stores. I wish Chapel Hill had a store like that today.
 

Brian Chamberlain      9:07 PM Tue 1/5/2010

I loved the original Springfield. It was in the Carl Smith Building on Columbia Street. I think before that the Pickwick Restaurant had used that space for bands like the New Deal String Band to perform.

Pauline, do you know what has become of Stu Martel?
Thanks for all the albums that I could afford to buy because of you.
 

Donnie Warren      5:41 PM Tue 1/5/2010

I was at UNC during the time of Buffalo Records. I remember Richard Carter as a high energy person. I was told then that they often sold their records at or below cost. Great for us consumers, but not I suspect for business.
 

Tom Griffith      5:09 PM Tue 1/5/2010

I can not believe my luck; an article on my three favorite record stores of all time. I don't think I knew then that they were all owned by the same people.

What does Pauline Williams do today?
 

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