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Nestled in the Golden Triangle among the bail bondsmen, cozy upscale restaurants and cuspidated art museum is a new addition to Denver’s central cultural district: a high-end record store.

Recollect Records, which opens this Saturday at 1255 Delaware Street, in what used to be the Von Tornow art gallery, may be the next place where crate-diggers’ dreams come true. Owner Austin Matthews says that the shop, with its clean, modern aesthetic, seeks to represent a true appreciation for vinyl, elegance, and cross-correlation among musical genres, with an emphasis on hip-hop.

Matthews, a native Denverite, comes from a family of entrepreneurs and artists, and innovation seems to run thick in the family’s blood. He is the son of William Matthews and Susan Brown, two well-known Colorado creatives: William is a watercolor artist, and Brown owned the Von Tornow gallery. She is also the inventor of the Boppy, a C-shaped pillow designed for infant feeding and support.

Austin Matthews has obsessed over vinyl since he was in high school, and he’s accumulated tens of thousands of albums over the years. He pursued visual arts early on, studying cinematography at the Denver School of the Arts before attending the Academy of Art University in San Francisco to study illustration and graphic design. He was working as the building manager of his East Bay apartment complex when his landlord passed away. The man left behind a record collection, an assemblage of near-mint soul and funk vinyl that eventually came into Matthews’s possession. The windfall kickstarted his business sense, and he began selling the records on eBay. Soon he’d made enough money to be able to finance life in San Francisco and his art-making.

By Alex Warzel

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Recollect Records hosts its Grand Opening on Saturday, April 30, beginning at noon.

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