Don & Franks Records
Growing up without an active father, I had many men in my life whom I admired and looked to for guidance, perhaps none more than my twin uncles, Dominick ("Don," for short) and Frank. They were (and, to this day, still are) Chicago cab drivers, with Frank taking the wheel for the day shift and Don overnight. They always had fascinating stories to tell of famous politicians and stars whom they drove around the big city. They were the ones in my family who got out into the world and enjoyed cultural experiences. And they always had an enviable collection of records.
Now, in 2017, as industry evolves, it's getting harder and harder for Don and Frank to make ends meet as their 40+ years of expertise give way to the ease and prevalence of ride-share apps. And coupled with this downturn in business, they are advancing in age and health problems are beginning to mount.
I approached my uncle Frank with the idea of helping him sell his and Don's record collection. To his knowledge, they weren't worth any money and just served as a nostalgic reminder of easier times. I assured him that, in my brief experience, people are very happy to pay, especially for well-kept records, which is certainly true of their collection.
So please help me help two very important men in my life and see me at Don & Frank's Records: A Record-Sale Fundraiser, a two-day pop-up sale of their records, with all proceeds going directly to them.
Saturday, June 17, from 2-6 pm, I will be at Rogers Park Social, 6920 N. Glenwood. Sip classic and craft cocktails and browse the stacks in one of Chicago's most celebrated new watering holes.
The following day, Sunday, June 18, I will be set up at Vintage Garage Chicago. Given this month's theme of Fathers' Day and Records, I am proud to honor my twin uncles and to do what I can to give them a much-needed hand.
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