An office worker who last year ditched the daily grind has just opened Chesterfield’s newest record store.
Corey Lavender, 41, quit his job at Short’s Accountants last year to head off on a 500-mile trek across northern Europe.
Now, he has set up a vinyl record shop in Theatre Yard called Vanishing Point - specialising in soundtracks and electronica.
Corey, who lives in Somersall, said it was during his walk that the idea of running a record shop really took off.
“It started out as the germ of an idea,” he said.
“I’d just read a book about independent record shops and I’ve always been interested in music.
But I started to realise that it was a possibility - not just a dream - to run my own record shop.Owner, Corey Lavender
“I also play guitar and have a little electronica project as well.
“But I started to realise that it was a possibility - not just a dream - to run my own record shop.
“When I got back I rang the council and they found me a property straight away.”
Of the shop’s name - Vanishing Point - Corey says it was one of several possibilities that people seemed to like.
“I liked the original film and the Primal Scream album as well - it grew on me,” he said.
Of his trip, Corey said he ‘had a blast’ and met some ‘amazing people’.
He did, however, have to complete it in two legs after getting a nasty bout of Salmonella poisoning on the way.
“I was laid up for four days and just thought ‘this is daft’.
“So I came home and I went back in October - setting off from the exact point on the road where I left off.
“It was really fun though and I met some wonderful people.”
Business in his new store, Corey says, is ‘encouraging’ so far.
“The shop can be hidden away a bit if you don’t know were here,” he said.
“But word of mouth seems to be getting around now.”