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Parasol suspending record store/ mail order operations

Parasol Records will be suspending the operations of its mail order and record store services, effective December 17. I think I speak for all of C-U and thousands of others around the world when I say, “Goddamnit!”  I imagine it’s hard to maintain a mail order business in a digital world, so here’s to Parasol for keeping up the good fight for so long. The good news is that in-house labels will carry-on. Here’s the full text of the press release:

After 20-plus years of pulling, packing and shipping orders all over the world, and serving Champaign-Urbana’s music fanatics’ needs locally, we’re sad to announce we’re pressing pause on Parasol Mail Order and our record store. Longtime Parasolarians Roy and Angie will be moving on to other endeavors, while Geoff and Jim will focus on Parasol Label Group’s in-house labels.

PMO’s last day of regular operation will be Saturday, December 17th. Between now and the 17th we will be putting our existing mailorder/store stock on sale, so if ever there was a time to buy music for the holidays, this is it. Please call or email if you have any questions.

Since there’s no way we’d go out with a whimper, help us go out with a bang – join us on Saturday, December 17th for a free, all-ages, all-afternoon rock show featuring some of the recently christened CU Collective’s finest. Evil Tents, Anna Karina/Anna Karinia, Deathtram, Easter, and Shadows On A River will be performing, starting at noon.

It goes without saying (but we’ll say it anyway) that we owe all of you a huge THANK YOU for your support over the years. It’s meant a lot, and will continue to as we re-boot the franchise.

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