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Monday, September 14, 2020

Perfect place for a trip down memory lane

* ReCollections on Abbey Road.

* The shop is packed with items of all kinds.

A man who is passionate about music, film and TV legends has filled up his new shop in Llangollen with their memorabilia.

ReCollections in Abbey Road is the brainchild of Steven Brady and is now trading seven days a week and online. 

With a heavy emphasis on music, the shop is bursting with official t-shirts in a constantly changing range of alternative, hard rock, metal, punk and progressive artists and bands, including Sex Pistols, Pink Floyd, The Cure, David Bowie, Jim Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin, The Jam, ACDC, The Rolling Stones, Manic Street Preachers, Oasis, Kiss, Ozzy Osbourne, Guns n Roses and many more.  

It's also overflowing with key chains, mugs, posters, cushions, postcards, stickers, magnets and all sorts of well-priced gifts for others or personal treats. 

Steve says he likes to keep things changing, so that each time you visit there will be plenty new to look at. 

When it comes to films, ReCollections has got merchandise from Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Star Wars, Wrestling, Marvel, Magic Roundabout and all sorts of collectable items, as well as Banksy holographic posters, wallets, bags, DVDs of historic concerts and festivals, and prints of original concert posters.

He’s also planning to have an HMV-style poster rack on the wall for customers to flick through and take a trip down memory lane.

Steve has an original vinyl section which is growing, and he’s looking into getting new pressed vinyl of modern classics too.  

Also packed into the shop is a plethora of 80s vintage memorabilia. There are toys, games consoles, books, annuals, video games, Hornby railway collectibles and even Trolls.  

Steve and his partner arrived in the UK from New Zealand seven years ago, and the picturesque town of Llangollen was the first place they visited.

Having moved here he gained years of retail experience in Tenovus, 

Steve said: "I saw lockdown as an opportunity to get all my older stock sold online and take time to revamp and regroup. 

"I reorganised and completely refined the store to exactly how it is meant to be - a total nostalgia trip, specialising in what makes people happy. 

"The customers love it, and the vibe is amazing. And this is just the beginning."

Steve speaks fondly of Wales and the opportunities he’s found here.

"Opening a music-focused shop on Abbey Road, which is just an hour away from Liverpool, is m dream.

"Since I've been here I've met some fabulous, enthusiastic music fans from all over the world who now come to shop in ReCollections.  

"I love that the merchandise in the shop bridges the gap between teens, their parents and grandparents."

Steve already supports local groups by donating the proceeds from the PPE masks he sells in the shop, and he says he’d like to get more involved with things like Plastic Free Llangollen, local fundraising and the Llangollen live music scene.  

He is considering putting up a gig noticeboard and playing and promoting local bands’ music in the shop, as well connecting with the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod when it returns in 2021.

Steve, who says his mission is to bring joy to his customers, added: "Nothing is too much trouble. Pop in to ask for anything you’re after, or send a message via Facebook or WhatsApp so I can find the perfect items for you." 

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