Musical memories for sale at Ferndale record shop


January 30, 2000|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

FERNDALE BECAME home to a most interesting shop some 19 years ago, all because of a blocked road and detour through Ferndale.

Margie Coffy tells it this way:

"We had a joint business in Bowie, and our lease was up. My husband had a TV repair business, and I had a record shop with him. One day, my husband was driving to Baltimore to look for another location and, because of a detour, drove down Baltimore and Annapolis Boulevard. He saw a for-rent sign on a building and decided to look into it."

She adds, "We were from the Washington area and had never even heard of Ferndale."

Now it is a part of the name for her record shop, Ferndale Oldies.

The building they rented initially was at one time the Ferndale police station. Coffy laughs, recalling how her record shop took up part of the space -- and her late husband's repair shop was in the lock-up.

"Men would come in and tease my husband and say they spent a night or two in that room," said Coffy.

After a year, however, they moved a few blocks away to the present location at 7176 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. The Coffys operated the record shop and TV repair business in two small rooms until husband Ray Coffy died in 1990. Now both rooms are overflowing with records -- from the 1920s through the 1980s.

Coffy says she buys mostly collections and stocks almost every kind of music, except rap and hip hop. While there are some tapes and a few compact discs, vinyl records are what you will find here.

Coffy was a record collector for as long as she can remember. She said things "got out of hand" when almost every room in her house was filled with records. Her husband suggested she set up a small shop alongside his repair business for selling records.

"I started out small," she said.

Her business is well-known now. Many local people are customers, but she frequently has dealers and collectors coming from a distance, including some from Europe and Japan who found their way to the shop.

If you want to feel a little nostalgic, stop by. Coffy doesn't mind browsers. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Thursday and Sunday.

"People like to come just for a trip into their past," Coffy said.

And speaking of the past, look for her green 1955 Pontiac out front.

Information: Ferndale Oldies, 410-760-1205.

Owens to speak

The local chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons has scheduled County Executive Janet S. Owens as speaker for its meeting at 1 p.m. Thursday at St. John Lutheran Church, 300 W. Maple Road.

Refreshments will be served at a noon social time, then Owens will update the members on county issues pertaining to senior citizens and answer questions.

Information: Mary Foster, 410-850-4630.

Something about rosemary

The Friendly Thyme Herb Club will present a program on the Mediterranean herb called rosemary when it meets at 10 a.m. Friday at Ferndale-Linthicum Senior Center, 7205 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd.

Members June Burton and Mary Goode will give a lecture and rosemary topiary demonstration. Rosemary was chosen as herb of the year 2000 by the National Herb Society and the Herb Society of America.

The hospitality committee headed by Fran Parrish will prepare refreshments using the herb. They will be served before the meeting begins at 9: 15 a.m.

Information: Barbara Sparks, 410-761- 2118.

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