ROGERS PARK — The funk has arrived on Sheridan Road.
Quinn Cunningham opened Funk Trunk Records last week, offering a 1,000-record collection of mostly funk, soul and disco vinyl.
"Vinyl's coming back," Cunningham said in his 300-square-foot storefront at 6960 N. Sheridan Rd. "What's out there on the radio is kind of repetitive, and [young music lovers] are looking for something new."
Cunningham said his love for records began five years ago in Louisville, Ky., where he managed a music shop's vinyl collection.
"I felt like I loved it — I really dug it," the 30-year-old said.
His personal record collection began to grow — as did his dream of opening his own shop.
"I just wanted to do my own thing," he said.
Three years ago he moved to Rogers Park and began traveling the country as a marketer and promoter for corporations like Blackberry and ComEd.
In each city he visited, Cunningham said he'd seek out records to add to his collection.
"I would find a record store and just dig," he said.
In October, he gave up the marketing job and went all-in on his shop, which boasts about 1,000 records, including a copy of The Beatles' "White Album" and Dyke and the Blazers' "Funky Broadway."
Funk Trunk Records is open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays.
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