The Exclusive Company Milwaukee to close East Side location

The Exclusive Company is officially closing its East Side location (1669 N. Farwell Ave.). No closing date has been set, but it is expected in the next few months.

The independent record store made an announcement on its Instagram on Friday evening:

“It is with immense sadness that we share The Exclusive Company on Farwell Avenue, Milwaukee will be closing at a date yet to be determined in the coming months. We have loved every minute of service to the East Side community and thank you endlessly for the support you have given The Exclusive Company at this location for the past 30 years.

But East Siders can’t be left without a local record store to frequent. A new boutique, Lilliput Records, is raising funds to take Exclusive’s place on the block. Lilliput will be run by familiar faces, Tanner Musgrove and Brian Kirk, who are the current manager and deputy manager of Exclusive.

“With every ending comes a new beginning. We are thrilled to welcome Lilliput Records as a new record store in Milwaukee. The new owners may seem a bit familiar, having worked for The Exclusive Company for 17 years. Current managers and the new owners of the Farwell Ave. site will continue to provide East Side with the selection, variety and quality of music that our loyal customers deserve and expect.

There is currently a GoFundMe open to help the pair purchase the Farwell location as well as current inventory. The goal is to raise $120,000.

“The closure of the exclusive company on Farwell was a shock to all of us, but we couldn’t bear to see the void that would be created,” Musgrove and Kirk wrote in their GoFundMe post. “Without hesitation, it was clear that our next step was to open our own store: Lilliput Records. We are negotiating a price for the Farwell location to keep our store alive and look to our loyal customers and community to help us make this a reality.We are looking to change hands in the near future, so this has become an urgent undertaking.

In a Facebook post, Lilliput Records thanked the community for their early support in the mission to open the new store. Musgrove and Kirk hope to work with local artists, businesses and people to make Lilliput Records a hub for the city’s music community.

The Exclusive Company has additional Wisconsin locations in Greenfield, West Bend, Oshkosh, Janesville, Green Bay and Appleton. The stores offer new and used music and movies, as well as audio equipment, record accessories, books and more.



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