Westminster shops appeal to book, music, antiques aficionados CENTRAL--Union Mills * Westminster * Sandymount * Finksburg

April 12, 1993|By Ellie Baublitz | Ellie Baublitz,Contributing Writer

Music lovers looking for a hard-to-find records and bookworms looking for an out-of-print book no longer have to travel to Baltimore stores.

Ray Reed's Record and Book Heaven, at 25 E. Main St. in Westminster, has thousands of old 45 rpm singles, albums of rock 'n' roll, country, pop and jazz, from the Beatles to Hank Williams with a lot in between. Cassette tapes and compact discs also are available.

The book selection is equally wide -- books printed in Baltimore 150 years ago, books by and about Winston Churchill, books on trains and Shakespeare, children's books, classic literature and, of course, books and magazines on music.

Besides hardbacks, there are paperbacks that can be exchanged -- yours for his. Lots of romances are to be found on the shelves.

"My parents were in the antiques business in Hampstead, so I grew up going to shops and shows," Mr. Reed said.

"I bought things through auctions, flea markets, shows, and decided to open the shop in February."

Mr. Reed insists that every price is "extremely reasonable," and so far, the shop has done a pretty good business, despite bad weather.

You'll even find a few antiques and collectibles, postcards and glassware at the front of the shop. Record and Book Heaven is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and from noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

And speaking of antiques, just around the corner is another shop for collectors searching for the unusual and rare item. Simply called the Flea Market, this little store at 10 Locust Lane features dishes, old books, men's ties, knickknacks, baskets, kitchen utensils, furniture and pictures, to name a few categories.

"I've been a collector for five or six years and have an underground-tank testing business, and I had the extra office space, so I figured I'd open this store," said owner Michael Pickett.

He favors Victorian furniture and art deco -- "that's pretty popular right now" -- along with whatever else people are buying.

"You find out what people are in the market for, and that helps you when you're out buying," Mr. Pickett said.

"You try to look for what people are asking for."

The Flea Market is mainly a weekend business for Mr. Pickett. Regular hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and from noon to 5 p.m. Sundays, but if he's in the office during the week, the door likely will be open.

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