November, 2017  

Visitor’s Guide profile: Wade Ogle of Block Street Records

This year’s Fayetteville Visitor’s Guide features four profiles from a handful of influential locals to give visitors an inside track on some of the best things to do, places to eat and shop, and must-experiences while in Fayetteville. One of our profilees is Wade Ogle, owner of Block Street Records right off the Historic Downtown Square.

Wade, who has been an integral member of the Fayetteville music scene for years — both as a performer and a business owner — has made the record store a Fayetteville shopping favorite. Below are a few of his answers to questions we threw at him.

For the full Q&A with Wade — including his can’t-miss events in Fayetteville — order a Visitor’s Guide online, or stop by the Fayetteville Visitors Center to pick one up!

What is it about Fayetteville that made you want to start your business here?

I'm a longtime resident and longtime small business owner in Fayetteville. I've traveled and toured (in bands) all over the USA several times, and although I've really loved some other cities, no place has ever been able to pull me away from my home. I love the landscape, the “big” small town feel and pace. And, of course, the people.

What’s your favorite meal/drink in Fayetteville?

I enjoy all the local taquerias, Khana, Feltner Brothers.

What’s your favorite Fayetteville view?

I love riding my Triumph motorcycle around Fayetteville and all through the Ozarks — especially in spring and fall.

If you were to move away, what would you miss the most?

I've lived in Fayetteville a long time. There's a lot of comfort for me here. I'd miss my family, friends, the beautiful scenery and easygoing nature of the people who live here.

Why do you think vinyl has become popular again? 

I think there's likely several reasons. It's a new discovery for many people, so everything associated with that (collecting, digging, etc.) is new and exciting for them. In my opinion, it's still the superior format both sonically and aesthetically, records retain value, and it's just a much more rewarding experience.

What was your first record?

I had a bohemian uncle from California that gave me approximately 120 late ’60s records when I was about 8 years old. That started the record obsession. My first purchases were Harry Chapin's “Cats In The Cradle” 45 and Bachman-Turner Overdrive's “Not Fragile” LP.

Name something people would be surprised to learn about you.

I've toured all over the USA, made countless indie records, etc., but I never even touched a real guitar until I was 19 years old.

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