Local Cambridge Business to Shut Down after Nearly 30 years

Nick Warren on February 17, 2011

Cambridge Real Estate residents will miss store owner, Jack Woker

As customers walked through the doors of beloved Cambridge business, Stereo Jack’s Records last Saturday, they were greeted with the news that it would soon be closing its doors for good. Owner, Jack Woker, was the man delivering the news to his customers, most of whom he knows on a first name basis, as he sat in his traditional seat across from the cash register.

Though his lease expires at the end of March, the building’s owner has given Woker permission to stay through the month of April, and possibly extending to May, after which the owner plans to move his pizza business into the space. It will be a change for the residents of Cambridge real estate who have grown accustomed to walking into the record store to see Woker inspecting stacks of used records, fielding customer questions, and holding casual court on all manner of musical topics.

Residents of the neighborhood, whether they reside in Cambridge luxury apartments or Cambridge apartment rentals, will remember Stereo Jack’s as a spot for conversation and camaraderie; a place where longtime friendships were formed. Though they are disheartened to see him go, Woker reassures them, “I’m 65 years old. I’m ready to retire, man…I’ll be fine. So I’m okay.”

Store manager Matt Starr, who redecorates the storefront windows every month and cashier, Dorothy Dwyer, have both worked there since 1983, and acknowledge the fact that leaving Stereo Jack’s will certainly be a big adjustment. Woker himself plans to keep buying and selling records online, with most of the stock plucked from his personal stash.

While it will be sad to see one of the region’s longest-running record stores go, Cambridge still has lots of great local businesses and restaurants to offer. If you would like to find a great Cambridge condo or even the perfect Boston real estate, please contact Warren Residential for help in your search.