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Reckless Records Reopens With ‘Minimal Losses’ After Pipe Burst

Reckless Records in Lakeview temporarily closed after a pipe burst in the upstairs apartment, but workers were able to save most of its collection.

Reckless Records experienced minor flooding Tuesday after a pipe burst in the upstair neighbor's apartment.
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LAKEVIEW — Reckless Records in Lakeview has reopened after a burst pipe temporarily closed the store, damaging some of its vinyl collection.

Reckless Records, 929 W. Belmont Ave., closed Tuesday afternoon after a pipe burst in an upstairs neighbor’s apartment, sending water flooding into the record shop.

“The aftermath wasn’t terrible,” said Lea Board, a buyer at the store. “They took care of most of it yesterday. It was mostly just water on the floor.”

Damage was minor, and the store’s employees were able to save most of its collection, Board said.

“We got most of the records out of here pretty quickly, so there was minimal losses,” Board said. “People can help by shopping just like normal.”

Reckless Records is one of two record stores in the city to recently experience a pipe burst. Bric-a-Brac Records & Collectibles in Avondale flooded Christmas eve after a pipe burst in its ceiling.

While damage at Reckless Records was minimal, Bric-a-Brac lost at least 3,000 records and other items, including VHS tapes and books.

“If anything, I’d say go support Bric-a-Brac when they reopen because they had a much worse experience with substantial loss,” Board said.

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