Leesburg record store completes renovations and expands vintage clothing collection | Entertainment

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After a trying year that included a three-month closure, downtown Leesburg’s Dig! Records & Vintage has put the finishing touches on a recent renovation.

The store – located at 212 C Loudoun St. SE – added an interior staircase leading to its second level, which it took over in December 2019 in order to expand its vintage clothing collection.

“A lot of people didn’t even know we were up there,” co-owner Kevin Longendyke told The Times-Mirror.

He added that visitors to the shop could previously only access the upper floor by an external staircase, leading many to believe that the upper level was owned by a separate company.

While Dig! has always featured two or three racks of vintage clothes, the second level allows Longendyke and his fiancée, Kelly Hughes, to significantly expand the collection.

“[Selling clothes has] always been something we were into, but records always take over; they take up more space,” Longendyke said.

“It opened up a whole other room for us, so now we have more space,” Hughes said of the renovation.

Colorful accessories ranging from woven ponchos and floral-print dresses to denim and camo jackets now fill the upper tier, along with a few racks of $3 records.

The space is also vibrantly decorated with psychedelic artwork, music memorabilia, a 60s-style globe chair, and a slew of indoor plants.

Longendyke said the store’s decorations include items brought in over the years by customers, as well as artifacts he’s found at flea markets and flea markets over the years.

“It’s definitely a lot of work,” he said.

“It’s just great energy to have, especially if you have good light, and we’re very lucky to have awesome natural light in this room,” Hughes added.

It’s this welcoming vibe – along with the vast collection of music both new and classic, popular and rare – that has kept the Dig! loyal customer base, even after the store was forced to close due to COVID-19 from March to June last year.

“We’ve been very lucky. We have amazing clients,” Hughes said. “Leesburg has been really supportive of us, especially during the pandemic.”

To dig! Records & Vintage is open from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

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