SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — It’s a new verse to an old song. A beloved San Marcos record store will sell old items online that belonged to its late owner.
Thomas Escalante, a Sundance Records team member and close family friend of late owner Bobby Barnard, said this is all being done to honor his memory.
“I feel him everyday,” Escalante said. “By looking at the walls, I can hear remarks, just by looking at some of the posters.”
Barnard passed away in August 2020 from a stroke, according to Escalante. The store closed in 2012, but is set to start selling items in the coming weeks. It’s not exactly going to reopen.
The announcement, made on Facebook, has created a lot of buzz in the community.
From the feedback the Facebook post received, it’s clear the store and Bobby are still deeply loved in the community.
Greg Ellis is also an old-time friend of Barnard.
“I met him when I first moved to San Marcos in 1982,” Ellis said. “He was a cultural force in San Marcos.”
Groover’s Paradise Record Shop in Austin now keeps record of the soul of Barnard, housing items from Sundance. Some of these items will be sold online.
“For a lot of people, it’s going to be a piece of their past,” Ellis said. “There were two or three generations of kids who grew up there and came through going to school who were heavily impacted by that store.”
Escalante, said his record shop, Sig’s Lagoon in Houston, has old Sundance items as well. His shop will be launching the online sale.
“There are thousands and thousands and thousands of posters that he saved,” Escalante said. “He saved everything. And we’re talking 40 plus years. It’s definitely collectable stuff, stuff you won’t find like, anywhere.”
Barnard is missed sorely, but maybe he’s somewhere smiling.
“I think it’s much more likely that he’s looking down, going, ‘No, no no, don’t sell that,'” Ellis said. “I think he’d be happy knowing people are getting his stuff. It’s going to continue to have an impact on peoples’ lives.”
Escalante said a pop-up shop will also be launched in Barnard’s memory in San Marcos within the next couple of months.
You’ll be able to buy more of Barnard’s keepsakes there as well. Escalante also said they’re planning on linking items on its website. He said they also plan on launching an Instagram page for items too.