Resurrect Brian's Record Option

On Saturday, August 4th, downtown's upper Princess Street (The Hub) here in Kingston, ON, had an abrupt interruption to a few businesses along its northern side of Princess Street.

A Water Main break occurred, with that, one business; Brian's Record Option, took the brunt of the damages of the fast rising waters creeping from the lower floors, upwards.  As Brian and a passer-by pedestrian tried to quickly salvage some merchandise, it was no match for the fast rising waters.

Many, if not most of Brian's 40 year legacy is music merchandise has been lost, or mostly unrepairable due to water damage.  Whether it be records, tapes, cds or posters, some of which is irreplaceable.   Brian had stated to local news that depending on once he is given the clear to access his business, it may be the sudden subtle end to his life's hobby and resource of income.

This Go Fund Me page is created on the sole purpose that, in my heart, is a way to see that Brian (Lipsin) can find comfort from the friends and customers of this community.  Whether you are from Kingston, a tourist or a friend of a friend, who's ever visited his music haven, you know just how unique the experience of visiting his store was.  Music hobbyist and first time musicians walk through the store with a sense of awe and inspire on the collections he has accrued, but leave knowing that if ever there was a knack that they may need to find a certain album, Brian's was surely the place to remember to check back.

I know my first visit in my teens was a big impact on what music I enjoyed, and to this day periodically, always remembered instead of looking at box stores, or the internet, that his store had answers to an album I may be in search of.  It was always the sense that we have that option in Kingston, it is Brian's Record Option.

So, I ask of all Kingstonians, community surrounding, or just put of the heart to help save a local business.  Help restore in this unfortunate, untimely disaster from becoming another lost staple of our downtown history. 

Thanks for your time reading this.

Regards; A local fan!


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Michael Crowder-Gard 
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