So today is the day that so many people have been waiting for and I’m not talking Halloween here…
Today is the day that BUD’S RECORDS once again had the Open sign lit thanks to Bud O’Byrne’s good friends Cornwall native Jason Lavoie and his girlfriend Emily Restoule, who greeted me from behind the counter much like Bud used to. They are making sure that Bud’s dream will live on and judging by the amount of people passing through the doors today there are many who are happy to see this couple take over the store.
Sadly the original owner of Bud’s Records, Bud O’Byrne, passed away earlier this year at the young age of 40. He had started writing for the Seeker, sharing his musical knowledge with us and suddenly left a big void in the music community.
In September, when I heard that Jason and Emily had decided to take over the store I was very happy and did a Seeker Style 5 questions interview with them – you can read the interview here – https://theseeker.ca/2020/08/exciting-news-bud-obyrnes-dream-will-live-on-thanks-to-his-friends-jason-and-emily/. Right then and there I knew they would be perfect fir for the store and have a wide knowledge of music to share.
People who lined up today were happy to see Bud’s door open again and came out with vinyl albums in their arms and big smiles on their faces. One such person told me how happy he is that he doesn’t have to drive to Ottawa anymore as he can add to his record collection right here in Cornwall.
When you walk into the store you can feel Bud’s presence and Jason and Emily shared something very special with me – the fact that Bud’s sister Tina bought some of Bud’s ashes to the store and this will ensure that Bud will always be there.
The store details are: 375 11th St. E., Cornwall ON. Phone: 613-936-BUDS (2837)
Store Hours: Closed Monday, Tuesday to Saturday – 10am to 7pm and Sunday 11am to 5pm.
On Facebook visit: Bud’s Records and Kool Things