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The legendary Treehouse Records store in Minneapolis is closing

The store has been a staple in the Twin Cities music community since the 1970s.
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A longtime Twin Cities record store will close its doors forever this year.

This record store at the corner of 26th and Lyndale in south Minneapolis has been a staple in the underground music community since the 70s.

Current owner Mark Trehus used to manage the store, originally called Oarfolkjokeopus. It was a go-to spot for the punk rock scene during the '70s and '80s; a hangout for local bands like Hüsker Dü and the Replacements. Trehus bought the business (but not the name) in 2001, Twin Cities Daily Planet says.

He renamed the store Treehouse Records, but its character stayed the same: a large amount of new and used vinyl, CDs, local cassettes, and music-related magazines, books and DVDs. The store also occasionally hosts live music and sells tickets to shows at First Avenue and The Cabooze.

But all that is coming to a close. In a statement to GoMN, Trehus said this weekend's in-store performance would be the last one at Treehouse Records – he's ready to retire.

"I chose the first-ever live Oar Folk or Treehouse performance of my favorite band, the Suicide Commandos, to announce that it will be the last-ever in-store performance at Treehouse Records. I am retiring."

Fans filled the store Saturday for the Suicide Commandos' send off:

Suicide Commandos at TreeHouse Records last ever in-store

Posted by Jim Henderson on Saturday, May 6, 2017

Trehus says the store will close forever at the end of the year, on December 31st.

"Treehouse shoppers who spend $25 or more on store merchandise between now and a to-be-specified future date can sign up at the store for a special event that will be the last Treehouse-sponsored show," he said.

Trehus didn't mention if he had already sold the store, or what the space might become. We can only hope that another vinyl lover will pick up where he left off.

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