Colorful Vinyl’s covers are all over the walls, along with some abstract paintings. Japanese music plays in the background. Christian Dixon is behind his desk, cleaning some used records and talking about a vinyl disc he just found as a friend digs for records.
Dixon and his wife, Kim West, opened the The Explorist International on Halloween Day 2010. It’s a small, cozy place at 3174 24th St., between South Van Ness and Shotwell. Dixon’s love for vinyl, which is a “nerdy thing,” he says, pushed him to open the store.
They also sell books and have live shows the first Friday of every month, inviting Bay Area improvisers to play. As Dixon says, “This is a place to stretch out and get loose.”