UPTOWN — After 50 years in Uptown, Shake Rattle and Read will close next year, according to longtime owner Ric Addy.
“It’s time,” said Addy. “At age 64, and after 30 years in the same location, I’m looking for new adventures. I need to take time to go see the rest of the world and be with my family and friends in Michigan and Florida. I’ll miss all of my friends in Chicago, but I won’t miss the winters.”
In the 1980s, Addy took over the shop, which sits next to Uptown Theater at 4812 N. Broadway, from his brother who had called the store The Book Box when it opened in 1966. Addy renamed the store and began selling "everything from literary classics to vintage pulp novels, collectible LPs to now-vintage cassettes, to magazines and music memorabilia."
Next year, he'll be offering a series of deals leading up to his retirement and departure from Chicago planned for late summer. Paying homage to his yearly routine of offering discounted items according to how many years the store has been open, the sale will kick off with a 50 percent discount of all books, used records and magazines. New Vinyl LPs will be 25 percent off, according to a press release.
Addy has managed music stores such as Rose Records, Downtown Records and Record Exchange since 1971. He's also one of the city's first punk rock DJs, according to the press release.
“Just being an independent businessman and not working for anybody else, has been wonderful,” Addy said. “And it’s been terrific to turn on so many people to so many great books and music — these are just the things that a small store always should do.”
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