Chicago archival label the Numero Group opened its Little Village brick-and-mortar store, the Numero Factory Outlet, on Friday, July 8. As label cofounder Rob Sevier told Gossip Wolf last week, the store is open only on Fridays, and it carries only Numero releases. As longtime Numero admirers know, its catalog is large enough to make for a healthy inventory—the shop’s rows of LPs, seven-inches, and CDs fill out its angled pathways nicely. The store sits right next to the label’s cavernous warehouse space—copies of the same records on display in the shop are stored in boxes within view.
When I popped in Friday shortly after noon, a crew of employees were taking turns spinning records on the shop’s turntables. And while the store has everything you can buy from Numero online, I noticed at least a couple items available only on its shelves—including a cassette compilation of Chicago rap pioneers Stony Island that Numero manufactured for its Record Store Day pop-up this spring. Reader photographer Sunshine Tucker visited too—take a gander at her photos below.