Beloved San Antonio Retailer and Performing Space Imagine Books and Records Shuts Down | Music Stories and Interviews | San Antonio

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  • Ezra Hurd (right) and his family stand outside Imagine Books and Records, a retail outlet that also served as a DIY music venue for 10 years.

Imagine Books and Records, an independent retailer in northwest San Antonio that doubled as a music venue, is closing after years of hosting local and touring artists, its owners announced Thursday on Facebook.

“I am sad to say that Imagine will be closing its doors after nearly 10 years in business,” wrote Ezra Hurd, whose family owns the store.

In addition to hosting the week-long Imagine Fest, which attracted national and even international artists, the shop served as a DIY performance space for a variety of up-and-coming local artists.

In the spring of 2020, the Hurd family set up an online fundraiser to keep the store open as the pandemic canceled music tours and reduced retail traffic. The store reached its goal of $5,000 in less than 24 hours.

This time, however, the family made no mention of trying to raise funds to keep Imagine going. The store will hold a sale this weekend to close out its inventory, according to the Facebook post.

“We want to take this time to thank everyone for giving me and my family such rich and fulfilling lives over the past few years,” Hurd wrote. “You have all filled our hearts with kindness, support, laughter, beautiful memories and great music. We will always remember the many different communities and people who have passed through the shop. There are too many people to name , then we will just say thank you. Although this chapter of our lives must come to an end, many more memories and happiness will be in our future.

Facebook users thanked the family for their labor of love and cited the store’s lasting impact on the local music scene.

“The Imagine Stage was an indelible and central piece of San Antonio music history in the 2010s,” said San Antonio Youth Orchestra Music Director Troy Peters. “Thank you to the whole family for organizing and hosting so much magic.”

Imagine will hold its weekend sale from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

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