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Record store Flashlight Vinyl is closing down after 3 years in Northeast Minneapolis

It was the only record store in the area.

Music enthusiasts in northeast Minneapolis will have to travel a bit further to get their vinyl fix after Halloween.

That'd because after three years serving the area, Flashlight Vinyl is shutting up shop on Oct. 31.

In a post on the store's Facebook page, owner Raoul Benavides wrote: "Gratitude is all a person can have at this point. It was my honor to serve Northeast Minneapolis with music.

"After three years, We are closing our doors. So many great people, new friends and stories came to visit and share their love of vinyl."

The store opened in 2015 at 1519 Central Ave NE, in the middle of Northeast's craft beer district.

During its life, it won acclaim from, among others, City Pages, which named it the "Best Place to Buy Vinyl" in its 2018 "Best Of" edition.

It also made the magazine's 10 Best Twin Cities Record Stores list in 2016.

If you're looking for a vinyl record bargain between now and Halloween, the store is offering 25 percent off all used vinyl until Oct. 15, and 50 percent off between Oct. 15-31.

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