The original Rabbitfoot Records in Titusville caught our attention when they imported that beautiful lathe in February 2013 and began cutting records in the store. This led to immediate growth, as the record store became a record label to rep awesome Florida bands like Gillian Carter and the Woolly Bushmen. Then in March 2014, their ambitions outgrew the original location, and they opened a second location in Sanford - a hip coffee shop with used and new vinyl bins to peruse and even request to play in the store. (I took a trip down there because I love coffee + records almost as much as I love chocolate + peanut butter, and I needed to experience the cool new hangout for myself.) Now, there's an even bigger update for those of us skipping along the Rabbitfoot trail.
The store that started it all in Titusville is moving to a bigger location and changing its name to Cosmic Vinyl (1329 S. Washington Ave.) and continuing on under the ownership of original Rabbitfoot partner Tim Malone. You can check out the store now, or hold off until later this month when Cosmic Vinyl hosts a pre-Fest show at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, featuring Greg Rekus, Hodera, the Vivid, the United Divided, Sun Kid and more. (RSVP!) Cosmic Vinyl is keeping the lathe and continuing to do record-cutting, hosting shows and providing vintage vinyl, but the Rabbitfoot Records label is on pause for the time being until Rabbitfoot's Rob Wallace gets finished with his major renovations to the Sanford location.
Over in Sanford, Rabbitfoot Records is keeping the same name and embracing its lounginess by adding couches, rearranging the furniture to bring in twice as many records. Wallace says people keep describing the new plans as "like the coffee shop from Friends" and begrudgingly admits, yes, kinda like that.
There's no drama, just distance and differences in opinion over how much each partner wants to do, and Wallace says he might have had bigger dreams that the others weren't interested in pursuing. "I feel much more free to do what I want to do," Wallace says. So, either way, expect more to come from Rabbitfoot Records, and for those in Titusville, dig in on the good stuff they've got going on in the crates and beyond at Cosmic Vinyl.