Date: Friday May 4th, 2012
Downtown Boulder and East Pearl Street in particular is about to get a little more colorful when PosterScene relocates from the Hill and opens its new digs at 1505 Pearl Street, May 4. Already recognized nationally as a leading source for rare vintage and modern concert posters—from 1960s-era Grateful Dead to last week’s Pearl Jam concert (among the thousands of posters on hand)—art and music-related memorabilia from around the world, the new 1,500 foot location will allow for increased inventory visibility.
In celebration of the move and grand opening, PosterScene owner Bryce Hall is hosting a party at the new location, 1505 Pearl St., from 5 to 9 p.m. The Pete Kartsounes String Band will be playing and other musical guests are expected. Hall explained he’s also expanding to collectible record albums, movie posters and books, and is actively (and always) purchasing collections to expand this extension of the new store. “I’ve been a music fan my entire life and love collecting albums and viewing album art. It’s so much more exciting than CDs,” he says. “And with vinyl making a comeback, it seems like a fun and complimentary addition to my store.”
PosterScene began in 2003 as a mail-order only business in Gunbarrel. As local demand increased, Hall opened a retail location on the Hill. “People were knocking on the warehouse door or calling to see if they could stop by and browse,” he recalls. “I wasn’t really set up for that, but it happened frequently enough that opening a retail store made sense.” After four years on the Hill across the street from the Fox Theatre, Hall says PosterScene has outgrown the busy space and a move downtown was the only logical choice. “Our inventory has increased dramatically in the past few years, but we just don’t have room to display everything. From a business standpoint, even with my online sales at PosterScene.com, the most logical move is into a bigger location,” he explains. “I believe going to 15th and Pearl is a great choice as well,” Hall continued. “The area is really happening with Mountain Sun Brewery, Topo Ranch and other hot spots right down block. The increased foot traffic will be a boon as well.” Hall is, naturally, excited about the move. “It’s a little scary making such a big move, but it’s always exciting setting up a new space,” he says. “I really can’t wait.”