Wilson has hosted two live shows featuring independent artists from Longview and plans to host more free shows for all ages in the 1,300 square foot store.
Erik Nordin sings and plays guitar for Rosetan – an indie-folk trio made up of high school graduates Mark Morris and Kelso. Nordin said the band were struggling to find local venues to perform their original ethereal jams where they weren’t on the “dinner service” or should be playing 80s covers.
At Stash Records, Rosetan played his own songs alongside other Longview artists, met locals interested in similar sounds, and scheduled a performance with a visiting Seattle record store owner. These, he said, are the foundations of a burgeoning music scene.
“It had been a long time since live music existed in Longview,” said Nordin. “I have never met a business owner who was so motivated for a cause. Tyler gets his.
Wilson’s love for vinyl began as a teenager in the early 2000s, when he said “vinyl was dead”. His stepfather passed on his aging record collection of KISS, Rush and jazz fusion artists to the 16-year-old, who quickly preferred records housed in unique works of art, played on devices capable of hear raw notes.
There is no fixed price for the service. Haase and Joplin said they give customers quotes based on the type of event, number of people, and other factors.
The tragedies of the pandemic inspired Wilson to take control of his life, leaving his Vancouver office job to his wife, Courtney’s, hometown of Longview, and together opening their dream record store.