Beloved vintage record shop Rooky Ricardo's in the Lower Haight had to shut down and temporarily relocate last year, moving from its home of 28 years at 448 Haight Street to a smaller space at 419 Haight around this time last year. Owner Dick Vivian told Hoodline at the time that the reason was a necessary seismic retrofit by the landlord, and as has happened to a number of small businesses around town, when the retrofit was complete, the landlord decided to hike the rent. Now, happily, Vivian reports that his new landlord across the street has welcomed him to stay on indefinitely at a preferential rent, and he tells Hoodline that "his regulars actually prefer the cozier feel" of the new space, and it comes with its well used record-listening station and bamboo counter/bar intact.
The funniest bit in the Hoodline piece, though, is Vivian's commentary on the new generation of record collector he sees coming into the store. He's nicknamed them "B-WICs," or "Beard With Internet Connection," and he clearly finds them frustrating because they "walk in with the idea that they already know everything," even though a true connoisseur would recognize that Rooky Ricardo's is a treasure trove of often obscure 45s and LPs with tracks, and artists, that you aren't likely going to find on Spotify.
Vivian counts as a bonafide SF character, and he was profiled by GQ in 2013. He's lived in the Castro since the 1970's, has a personal record collection some 75,000 discs strong, and he knows well how to scour a flea market for musical gold.
And, as he might want to inform all those B-WICs, he pointed out at the time, "Probably half of what came out on 45s has never been documented," and no internet research or subscription to Billboard is going to make you an aficionado like he is.
Casual suggestion: Ask the man some questions and don't pretend you have any idea about obscure Motown acts from the 60s, or whatever.
Previously: The 13 Best Record Stores In SF & Oakland