HiFi Records & Café: Bringing High Fidelity Vinyl Back To Astoria, Queens

Business Highlights
* Distributes U-Turn Audio turntables, keeping vinyl alive
* Works with local musicians to obtain venue space for music showcase
* Has an inventory of 1000s of records, despite limited space

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When Javi Velazquez’s daughter was born fifteen months ago, he had a decision to make — one that would involve increasing his family’s financial security and the capstone to American success: owning his own business. In his case, this meant opening up a record store — a nostalgic throwback in today’s digital music mediascape.

For Javi, opening a record store was the realization of a deep-seated, long-held aspiration — he had worked at one throughout high school and college. At the time he was considering opening a store, he was working as a project manager for a small disabled veteran-owned business. Colleagues had mentioned SCORE, and he did some research and liked what he found.

“What appealed to me was that I would be mentored by previous business owners, people with experience with starting up a business from zero,” said Javi. He reached out to one of SCORE’s mentors, Jerry Litner, who worked with him to prepare a business plan. “What was my idea? How was I going achieve it? What funds did I have available? How would I get additional funds? These are the kind of questions Jerry pushed me to answer,” said Javi.

With a business plan in hand, Javi was able to secure additional funding, find a space that worked with his financials, and open his Astoria-located HiFi Records & Café. “SCORE’s selfless efforts and wealth of wisdom has made my dream a reality,” he said. “Now I get to spend more time with my family, my baby girl and my passion.”

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SCORE Success Story: Javi Velázquez