Family legacy continues at Sound Exchange

Music is a family affair for the owners of the Sound Exchange record store.

Erin Stoy has fond memories of growing up in her dad’s classic entertainment store. Some other memories are bit odd.

“I remember being very confused by the Poison posters and things, like wondering why the men had makeup on,” she said with a laugh. “I think I get it now.”

When she was just 10, she would bring Ron story dinner at the Sound Exchange in Tampa. Her dad’s store bought and sold vintage media like vinyl records and 8-tracks. On Black Friday this year, the family will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Sound Exchange.

“I was too old to play professional baseball at 37,” said Ron, who admittedly couldn’t pick a favorite genre of music. “In the 70's I migrated to jazz and I’ve always had an ear for classical music.”

Ron left his corporate world job to start up the vintage media company. Erin spent 13 years in the corporate world herself, working for FedEx in Memphis, Tennessee, before returning home to help run the growing Sound Exchange business. The duo opened a Pinellas Park location in late October to go along with the Tampa location on Nebraska Avenue.

“When I was a little kid I didn’t know that was not what was on the radio,” said Erin. “I thought the Monkees were current and the Beatles were current because that’s what I heard all the time.”

Ron will step into a lessened role eventually. He joked that he’s not the type of guy to “sit on the porch” but envisions retirement as working four days per week rather than seven.

When the times comes, Erin will continue the family legacy and maybe even include her 11 and 6-year-olds, too.

“I love to go through boxes of old books, old records, old tapes and see what kinds of treasures maybe I’ve never seen before.”

The newest Sound Exchange building is located at 8625 66th Street North in Pinellas Park.

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