6610 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO, 63118 / Cake artist: Mark Tillman
Vintage Vinyl has been a local favorite and independently-owned record/music/entertainment store for decades. It was the brainchild of Tom ‘Papa’ Ray and Lew Price, who in 1979 started selling records at a booth at the Soulard Farmers Market. They didn’t have much money at the time, but they did earn enough to open their own brick and mortar store. The Vintage Vinyl store on the Delmar Loop now encompasses 7,000 square feet! Several records, used and new, along with CDs, cassettes, DVDs, pretty much you name it(!), they sell. Sometimes it hosts in-store events, which has the artist signing their latest work along with a performance sometimes. Vintage Vinyl is proud to be part of Record Store Day, which has taken place every mid-April since 2008.
Cake placement date: May 8
Where is the cake now?: The cake continued to sit outside Vintage Vinyl until it was removed on September 5, 2016. It was re-painted by multi-cake artist Rich Brooks and some cakers for the Soulard Oktoberfest. (see ‘Repainted cakes‘)
Notes: The bottom piano keys on the cake spotlighted a musical tribute to St. Louis and it featured the artists, musicians, venues and organizations that have given the city its unique sound. Here is what is featured on the keys: Chuck Berry, Johnny Johnson, Grace Bumbry, Twilight Tuesdays (History Museum), Fontella Bass, Scott Joplin, Bach Society, Tommy Bankhead, St. Louis Chamber Chorus, Pee Wee Russell, Kiel/Peabody Opera House, Bessie Smith, 5th Dimension, D.H. Peligro, College/University Choirs and Orchestra, Shottinger Music, Michael McDonald, The Isley Brothers, Willie Mae Ford Smith, handbell choirs, Robert McFerrin, Sr., St. Louis Cathedral concerts, Willie Akins, KFUO-FM/Radio Arts Foundation, Gaslight Square, church choirs, Jazz at the Bistro, St. Louis Symphony Chorus, Stan Kann, The Pageant, In Unison chorus, St. Louis Blues and Jazz Hall of Fame, Whitaker Series (Missouri Botanical Garden), Powell Hall, Javier Mendoza, Union Avenue Opera, Blues on the Landing, St. Louis Children’s Choirs, Josephine Baker, Sheldon Concert Hall, Bob Kuban, community choruses, Nell Carter, Ambassadors of Harmony, Muddy Waters, Touhill Performing Arts Center, Tina Turner, Donny Hathaway, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Muddy Blues Festival, Fabulous Fox, American Chamber Chorale, Nelly, Opera Theater St. Louis, J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts, St. Louis ragtimers, MUNY, Bach at the Sem, Miles Davis, Kilgen Wicks Pipe Organ companies and Christine Brewer.
Here is an episode of Living St. Louis that talks about Vintage Vinyl: