Johnny Balmer is the third owner of Second Hand Tunes in Chicago, IL. Johnny has owned the store since 2002, when he moved to Chicago from Minneapolis – where he worked for a number of years at Cheapo Records. He has spent his entire adult life involved with music in some capacity – playing in bands, running live sound, as an engineer in recording studios and (of course) music retail.

When he first arrived in Chicago, Second Hand Tunes operated five retail stores in the area. Over time, they began shifting our focus to online retailing and they sold a couple of stores and closed a couple of under-performing locations. They kept their flagship Evanston location – which has been around since 1974. Located near the Northwestern University campus, it has always attracted a healthy mix of students, professionals, artists and progressive-minded individuals (ie: old hippies) typical to the area. They also operate a large warehouse location on the north side of Chicago – which has become the headquarters for the online business.

The cozy Evanston store stocks new and used compact discs, records, DVD’s and other music-related items such as t-shirts, books and (of course) Crosley turntables – which they began selling over five years ago. They stock the CR249 Keepsake and the CR40 Mini Turntable, with the biggest seller being CR249 USB turntable. Stop by and see Johnny anytime at the Evanston location, and help celebrate all things music!

Posted By Scott Bingaman

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