Newbury Comics is a New England-based music retailer. Newbury Comics began as a comic book vendor on Newbury Street in Boston. It was founded in 1976 by two MIT students. Over the next few decades, the focus of the company changed from comics to music (although comics are still sold there, but in much more limited amounts). There are now 26 stores in four states (four in New Hampshire, two in Rhode Island, one in Maine, and 19 in Massachusetts).
Newbury Comics is today best known as a vendor of low-priced CDs and other music-related goods. Newbury Comics sells LPs, CDs, singles, DVDs, video games, comics, and magazines. It also offers T-shirts, buttons, pins, and posters with rock or movie themes. Some locations also sell punk-style clothing.
Newbury Comics has a sister store devoted solely to punk-style clothing. The store is called Hootenanny, and it has had two locations: one in Nashua, New Hampshire, in the free-standing building next to the Pheasant Lane Mall where the original Nashua Newbury Comics used to be located; and the second in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in what used to be a video rental store one floor below the Newbury Comics in Harvard Square. Hootenanny in Nashua never took off, but the Cambridge store remains in business.
As of 2005, Newbury Comics operates out of 26 locations, Most of which are located in Massachusetts: Newbury Street and Government Center in Boston, Harvard Square and Alewife in Cambridge, Natick, Burlington, Hyannis, Braintree, Shrewsbury, Peabody, Saugus, Amherst, Newton, Avon, North Dartmouth, North Attleborough, Leominster, Kingston, and Marlborough; Four in New Hampshire: Nashua, Salem, Manchester, and West Lebanon; Two in Rhode Island: Warwick and Providence, and one in South Portland, Maine. A small number of locations have been closed over the years, including the original Saugus location and a small store in the MIT student union, as well as in Woburn, Bellingham and Norwood. The Natick, Burlington, Hyannis and Nashua stores have all moved from their original locations to larger ones. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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