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New business spotlight on Sonic Ascension Records

Lee Ash has more records than he can count at his recently opened shop at 128 Broad St., Montoursville.

Sonic Ascension Records is the culmination of Ash’s longtime dream of opening up his own business to showcase and sell his collectibles.

Ash, 51, said he has “always been into records” and has long been buying them wherever they can be found.

As a teenager, he favored punk music and later got interested in 1960s garage bands and rockabilly.

He eventually got to the point where he felt he could start selling his huge supply of records out of a brick-and-mortar store site.

The shop’s record merchandise includes LPs and 45s and also CDs and cassettes.

“I really try to specialize in classic rock and punk,” he said. “I got jazz, blues and soul. I have a lot of alternative.”

Ash said it’s great to be able to satisfy customers by selling them records they want.

“The biggest challenge for me is actually finding records to restock my supply,” he said.

The first-time business owner said he has had a good response to his shop since opening it in October. He said people seem excited to have a record store in the community.

Among the three rooms to his shop is one devoted to records priced at $1. Much of the rest of his merchandise is very affordable.

Ash said he’s always preferred to listen to music on records.

“I want to stick to records,” he said. “That’s my focus.”

He said he often gets on the store’s Facebook page to update patrons on some of his merchandise.

The shop’s hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and by appointment.

The phone number is 570-360-3486.