Matter of Record owner says farewell
After three years of searching, Jim Beaston is packing up his life and his records and is moving his business to Selma, North Carolina, to be closer to his daughter.
Beaston is the owner of A Matter of Record, a vintage music store in Waynesville that has been open for 14 years. Within the next few weeks, however, A Matter of Record will be closing for good.
The decision to leave was bittersweet, Beaston said.
“I just need to get closer to family,” Beaston said. “I’d like to thank the people of Waynesville — they’ve been good to me. I’ve had a good stay and I’m having a hard time leaving. I love the mountains. I love Waynesville. I’m going to miss everybody and everything.”
The business will remain open for the rest of the month, but Beaston said he wouldn’t be able to offer his usual services as he packs up his store. He will, however, be able to take upgrade requests over the phone once he moves to Selma.
“It will be the same name and if anyone calls the same number, it will ring down there,” Beaston said about his future business in Selma. “If people want to send me work to do, I’ll send it back in a new form.”
In addition to selling his records, Beaston upgrades vintage recordings onto a CD or video disc. He is able to preserve home movies from camcorders, VHS tapes, 8-track tapes and slides and more.
Before moving to Waynesville, Beaston had opened A Matter of Record shop in Hendersonville for 10 years. He said moving from place to place is a way for him to keep the old equipment and the music alive.
Beaston has high hopes about relocating to an area where he will be surrounded by other antique stores.
“That’s really where I belong,” he said.