Sonic Boom Records is for sale. The independently owned record store in Ballad has been in business for 15 years.
Sonic Boom, the independently owned music-retail store that opened in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood in 2001, is for sale. A listing in the Puget Sound Business Journal has a posted price of $850,000 and says the reason for selling is that the owner is leaving Washington state.
Reached by telephone, Sonic Boom co-owner Jason Hughes said, “We are up for sale. It’s business as usual. We’re doing great.”
Hughes and Nabil Ayers co-founded the business in 1997, opening the store in an 800-foot space in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood before expanding to locations in Ballard and Capitol Hill. In 2008, the pair closed the Fremont location and shuttered the Capitol Hill store in 2011. Ayers, who was the drummer for Seattle band The Long Winters, moved to New York City in 2008 to work for the record label 4AD.
Sonic Boom is one of several locally owned music stores to weather the transition from physical media to downloads and online-streaming services. Its endurance has been helped by the popularity of Record Store Day, an international celebration of independent record stores. In 2010, Rolling Stone included Sonic Boom on its list of the “Best Record Stores in the USA.”
The Ballard location has hosted free in-store performances by local and nationally known bands, including Nada Surf, Die Antwoord and Jenn Ghetto. Danny Newcomb & the Sugarmakers are set to appear at 4 p.m. Sunday.