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Outbreak forces record store back to its roots

Posted at 6:49 AM, Apr 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-10 08:21:57-04

LAFAYETTE — Husband and wife team Tess and Patrick Brunet have owned Lagniappe Records since 2013.

The store did not start out that way.

Back in 2011, Tess and Patrick were online.

"The two years prior, we were primarily operating online, so full circle," Tess said.

Tess said she and Patrick, both musicians, grew tired of touring. They wanted to keep close to their musical roots and have a chance to connect with the people buying records from them.

"You miss that interaction, that face-to-face, that connection with people," Tess explained. "Talking to people and getting to know people--that seemed like the natural progression for us."

While the last few years have been good to them, the recent stay-at-home order has forced them to head back to their roots. Lagniappe Records is going back online.

"It's a good way, especially as a record store, to have that as an option," Tess said. "It's an added bonus to operating a brick and mortar storefront."

The change, Tess said, has not been hard just different.

While they continue to practice social distancing, Tess said she has found ways to still connect with those loyal costumers.

"We send them a notification when their order is ready for pickup," Tess explained. "We just request that they call two minutes out and I have a crate outside with the order already packaged up. I see them through the glass and we touch hands through the glass."

Tess said there is nothing better than really getting to know the people who buy from you.

She said they will always be thankful for their customers, because without them none of this would be possible.

"That's... That's ...Sorry," Tess said wiping away a tear. "That's very touching. We feel very blessed and grateful for all of our awesome customers."

You can find Lagniappe Records on Facebook or on their website, which you can access by clicking here.