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Daily Inspiration: Meet Ray Wilson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ray Wilson.

Hi Ray, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
Amarillo’s funky little record store began with a passion for vinyl, a farmhouse basement full of vinyl and a favorite book/movie. In 2017 approximately 50,000 vinyl records were discovered in the basement of a small farmhouse North of Sunray, Texas. After an entire day of moving the boxes and crates upstairs into two large U-Haul trailers and a long night of unloading them into a third-floor storage building, the process of sorting through them and stocking a newly acquired antique store booth began. The store name was inspired by the book by Nick Hornby and ultimately the movie by the same name starring John Cusack, the booth/store opened for business. Since its humble beginnings, the store has moved into its own space on Route 66 and become a high-vibe destination for music lovers all across the country and even worldwide.

With thousands of new and used vinyl records in stock from every genre imaginable, High Fidelity Records is a store where people rarely leave empty-handed and definitely with a smile on their faces.

Even though vinyl records are the number one focus, customers can find everything from CDs and cassettes to posters, stickers, t-shirts and vinyl cleaning/storage accessories.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
There have, of course, been struggles along the way. The most notable being the 2020 pandemic and lockdown. For several weeks, the store was inaccessible resulting in immeasurable financial loss.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
Ray Wilson is the owner/operator and is also a musician who achieved limited success with an original bluegrass song called ‘Sit Beneathe The Tree.’ He currently is the lead singer for a local 80’s cover band.

Networking and finding a mentor can have such a positive impact on one’s life and career. Any advice?
The most effective way to find a business mentor is to talk with and listen to customers. A business’ customers are the greatest resource available.

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Photography by Ray Wilson

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