We are proud to announce that one of our top sellers, Zion’s Gate Records, will be joining us for the Crate Diggers Record Fair, on August 23 at White Owl Social Club in Portland, Oregon. Zion’s Gate specializes in rare, out-of-print, and original pressings, but also offers a wide variety of genres. With an inventory of more than 45,000 titles to choose from, Zion’s Gate is sure to bring plenty of gems to sell at our August event!
Stephen Benbrook, owner of Zion’s Gate, will be manning the booth. As a DJ in his 20’s, Benbrook had a hard time finding the records that he liked. So he started contacting artists, producers and labels and importing his finds into the U.S. “One day I looked at all the inventory and thought to myself, ‘I could just put this in a shop and it would be a record store.” In 1999, he opened Zion’s Gate Records in Seattle and has been selling vinyl there ever since.
Even though Benbrook has been running Zion’s Gate for 15 years, he still enjoys learning about new artists and genres. “It amazes me to this day how much really great music is out there, and how little of it most people get a chance to learn about.”
Benbrook loves seeing customers get excited about music as well. Sometimes, he is even lucky enough to have touring musicians stop by the store. “One of the coolest recent ones was when the Italian band Goblin was touring. A 12” LP for their tour had just come out and I was playing it in the shop to get pumped up for the show later that night. Then in come the band members in head-to-toe matching Adidas jump suits while I was playing it. They were so thrilled!”