Sounds + Grounds, a family-run vinyl and coffee venue, opened in Birmingham Road in Cowes Town Centre on Friday (1st July).
The new coffee shop is the brainchild of Jamie Occomore and his wife Michelle, who moved to the Isle of Wight from Sutton in London last September. Daughter Georgia and niece Jacqui are working as baristas in the new business and Georgia’s boyfriend Josh is the manager.
Owner Jamie Occomore says:
“Sounds + Grounds is about music and vinyl: a place where you can drink coffee and listen to music. It has always been a dream of mine to open a coffee shop like this.
“We have had a warm welcome from the Cowes business community, and we shall always aim to be a community business. If anyone wants to promote an event there is space available in the front window to advertise. Local bands are invited to get in touch.”
Manager Josh – who formerly worked in Sutton Music Centre – has said:
“I’m passionate about records. The sound quality is so much better on vinyl. You can still find music on vinyl that is not available in streaming.
“Our records range in price from £2 to £200 for a rare 1st press straight from the master tape. Sounds + Grounds rare and collectable records include ’69 Led Zeppelin, ’70 Black Sabbath, and ’72 Pink Floyd 1st presses.
The Occomore family have wide ranging and eclectic musical tastes. Owner Jamie is into southern soul, funk, and – first and foremost – The Band. His wife Michelle likes 80s music, especially soul including Luther Vandross, Alexander O’Neil and more. Daughter Georgia is an afficionado of Carole King and Suzanne Vega. Her boyfriend Josh is a jazz guitarist and hip hop producer.
The Occomores also like to emphasise that they are a family of dog lovers and that dog owners are welcome to bring their pets into Sounds + Grounds and that biscuits and water are always available.
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