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What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: FAIRFAX COUNTY MASTER OF METAL ()
Date: November 12, 2009 11:44AM



What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?

When I was little I used to go to the one in SKYLINE MALL. I never really bought anything there though because after going to the movies and the arcade in the mall and then the TOYS R' US down the street rarely did I have any money left over to buy anything.

If I remember correctly there were also 2 WAXIE MAXIE stores at both ends of the Crystal City Underground Shops.

The last time I drove by where SKYLINE MALL used to be there is now a huge TARGET store over there.

That really fucking sucks. Big Box stores have taken over everything now.

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: More Complete ()
Date: November 12, 2009 11:55AM

about the same time as Kemp Mill ;)

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: More Complete ()
Date: November 12, 2009 11:56AM

..and Sam Goodie (sp) but years before Tower.

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: J Malazo ()
Date: November 12, 2009 02:20PM

Penguin Feather was not too far behind!

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: eesh ()
Date: November 12, 2009 02:37PM

More Complete Wrote:
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> ..and Sam Goodie (sp) but years before Tower.


Tower Records was awesome, especially the one near Tyson's.

To the OP, Waxie Maxie's was bought out in 1989 by an LA company, I don't know what year they finally closed shop.

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: Radiophile ()
Date: November 12, 2009 02:56PM

eesh Wrote:
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> More Complete Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > ..and Sam Goodie (sp) but years before Tower.
>
>
> Tower Records was awesome, especially the one near
> Tyson's.
>
> To the OP, Waxie Maxie's was bought out in 1989 by
> an LA company, I don't know what year they finally
> closed shop.


They were pretty much dead at that point anyway. The LA company was or eventually became "Strawberries".

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: FAIRFAX COUNTY MASTER OF METAL ()
Date: November 12, 2009 04:17PM

There were still around as recently as 2000 I think.

Afer that I really do not remember.

They kind of just disappeared.

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: GMU Hokie ()
Date: November 12, 2009 04:20PM

Wade through this and you might find out:



http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-1254417.html

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: 8track ()
Date: November 12, 2009 04:49PM

"about the same time as Kemp Mill ;)" --- nope, contrary to popular belief, Kemp Mill Records is STILL open for business. Visit their Hillcrest Heights, MD location near Iverson Mall for real vinyl. As for Waxie Maxies I would guess they closed in the late 80's when big box players came here like Wall To Wall Sound and Video or the WIZ. Try a Google for Max Silverman who founded Waxie Maxies. Miss those small local chains.

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: Area Man ()
Date: November 12, 2009 05:44PM

It lasted until at least 1991. I remember hearing Jane's Addiction's Lo Habitual De La Ritual album at the Springfield Plaza location and it came out in '91.

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: FAIRFAX COUNTY MASTER OF METAL ()
Date: November 12, 2009 05:52PM

Next door to the KIDS R' US?

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: pgens ()
Date: November 12, 2009 06:00PM

Yeah, Fairfax City was the shit with Kemp Mill at Fair City Mall, then just down the road for Penguin Feather and Record Convergence. The old stores used to throw their promo wall stuff in a pile and let people take them, sometimes there was some good stuff.

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: JDouble09 ()
Date: November 12, 2009 08:20PM

pgens Wrote:
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> Yeah, Fairfax City was the shit with Kemp Mill at
> Fair City Mall, then just down the road for
> Penguin Feather and Record Convergence. The old
> stores used to throw their promo wall stuff in a
> pile and let people take them, sometimes there was
> some good stuff.

I got my first comic @ Kemp Mill when I was 5 years old

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: Huntington ()
Date: November 12, 2009 10:57PM

Wow, Waxie Maxie, Penguin Feather, and Record Convergence, old school. Was it the Penguin Feather at Rolling and Old Keene Mill that shut because it was a drug dealing front? That was the rumor back in the day, I was too young back then to verify...Though I did buy I a sweet jewel pin to wear on my rocking jean jacket from there. I remember my Dad buying records or tapes or 8 tracks from the WM at Springfield Plaza and they'd give you frequent buyer stamps that you'd glue on to a coupon sheet to redeem when the sheet was full, this was early 80's.

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: 8track ()
Date: November 13, 2009 06:33AM

Waxie Maxies was pretty good but not as good as Harmony Hut. What other record store could you buy music, bongs, dildos, black light posters, incense and other novelties??? Giant Food had a chain of Giant Records. MusicLand was pretty bland. Hecht's had an overpriced music department. Montgomery Wards at Springfield Mall had every shitty album with either a drill hole, cut corner, or 'nice price' sticker. If it said 'nice price' that meant the album was overprinted and a flop. I miss Harmony Hut !

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: FAIRFAX COUNTY MASTER OF METAL ()
Date: November 13, 2009 09:29AM

The store at Springfield Plaza was still open fairly recently but I do not remember what name it went by. Probably not WAXIE MAXIE'S though

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: Warhawk ()
Date: November 13, 2009 10:08AM

pgens Wrote:
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> Yeah, Fairfax City was the shit with Kemp Mill at
> Fair City Mall, then just down the road for
> Penguin Feather and Record Convergence. The old
> stores used to throw their promo wall stuff in a
> pile and let people take them, sometimes there was
> some good stuff.


Yeah, I got some good stuff from the Vienna Kemp Mill back in the day. I bought my first record from that store....the 33 LP of Styx's "Kilroy Was Here". (Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto...domo...domo..)

I remember when CD's came in those 10-12" cartons that you could cut up and make mini-posters out of.

__________________________________
That's not a ladybug, that's a cannapiller.

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: Britdrnva~ ()
Date: November 13, 2009 12:50PM

There was a penguin feather in Herndon way back when, they had a bunch of bongs in another section of the store, got shut down and turned into a carpet store. I used to go to the Record Convergence store in Fairfax exchange cassettes and lp's. Was a good place. I too liked Tower Records both in Fairfax and Tyson's. Never much cared for Waxie Maxie's they usually only sold mainstream stuff. Good memories - thanks!

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: pgens ()
Date: November 13, 2009 01:54PM

Warhawk Wrote:
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> I remember when CD's came in those 10-12" cartons
> that you could cut up and make mini-posters out
> of.

Yeah, I used to do that too. Tree huggers ruin everything.

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: FunkHouse9 ()
Date: December 29, 2009 02:10PM

I worked for Waxie Maxies until my store closed in late 1997 or early 1998. So they were around at least until then. I think the rest of the chain was pretty much gone within a year or so after that. Once they got bought out by Record Town (now FYE), stores were closing left and right.

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: FAIRFAX COUNTYS MASTER OF METAL ()
Date: December 29, 2009 02:29PM

FunkHouse9 Wrote:
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> I worked for Waxie Maxies until my store closed in
> late 1997 or early 1998. So they were around at
> least until then. I think the rest of the chain
> was pretty much gone within a year or so after
> that. Once they got bought out by Record Town
> (now FYE), stores were closing left and right.


Which store did you work at?

My cousin used to work at Erol's and then he would go to the Waxie Maxies at Skyline Mall and spend his entire check there. He did that for 2 years straight. When his mother found out she got really pissed off and threatened to kick him out of the house.

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: FunkHouse9 ()
Date: December 29, 2009 07:05PM

I was at the Aspen Hill store in Silver Spring. It was pretty sad to see that chain go with the times.

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: Kyle ()
Date: September 06, 2010 01:03PM

Waxie Maxies at Beacon Mall... holy crap, bought Appetite for Destruction on casette there... good times!

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: Sigmund ()
Date: September 07, 2010 07:09AM

I wonder what the blobs of melted wax looked like after the DC branches were torched in the 1968 MLK riots. Damn niglets.

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: Client 9 from Outerspace ()
Date: September 07, 2010 07:57AM

8track Wrote:
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> Waxie Maxies was pretty good but not as good as
> Harmony Hut. What other record store could you
> buy music, bongs, dildos, black light posters,
> incense and other novelties??? Giant Food had a
> chain of Giant Records. MusicLand was pretty
> bland. Hecht's had an overpriced music
> department. Montgomery Wards at Springfield Mall
> had every shitty album with either a drill hole,
> cut corner, or 'nice price' sticker. If it said
> 'nice price' that meant the album was overprinted
> and a flop. I miss Harmony Hut !

Even Dart Drug had a record department.

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: wally pip ()
Date: September 08, 2010 03:05AM

Does Kemp Mill records still exist in a very diminished capacity?

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: Oompa Loompa ()
Date: November 15, 2010 03:40AM

Kyle Wrote:
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> Waxie Maxies at Beacon Mall... holy crap, bought
> Appetite for Destruction on casette there... good
> times!

Lots of hot chicks used to hang out at that mall.

Unfortunately they are all probably 40 year olds by now.

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: Ooompa Loompa ()
Date: November 15, 2010 03:41AM

wally pip Wrote:
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> Does Kemp Mill records still exist in a very
> diminished capacity?

They have a store still open some where along the SE DC / PG COUNTY border.

I would not advise visiting there after dark though.

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: Summer ()
Date: December 24, 2010 05:45PM

I remember Kemp Mill records. If I remember, they used to sell "legal dope" there. My buddy and I used to smoke it in his bong but it never did much for us. Ahhhh... the memories.

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: Summer ()
Date: December 24, 2010 05:49PM

By the way, there is a CURRENT listing for Waxie Maxies at this web site:

http://www.manta.com/c/mm644r0/waxie-maxies-record-shop

The address is:
13981 Jefferson Davis Highway
Woodbridge, VA 22191-2010 map
Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV Metro Area

Phone:
(703) 491-6518

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: smokey ()
Date: March 23, 2011 02:49AM

I miss that place big time. I bought my first cds at the one in Leesburg Va. It was open until late 98.

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: TUGBOAT ()
Date: March 24, 2011 10:56PM

LET US NOT FORGET PENQUIN FEATHER THE REAL HEAD AND ALBUM SHOP..ANNANDALE AND RT1

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: Gunzen ()
Date: March 25, 2011 03:15AM

Does anyone still buy CDs?

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: Gordon Blvd ()
Date: March 25, 2011 08:11AM

what's a CD?

oh yeah, those things you used to have to buy to burn music onto before they put USB ports in cars LoLz

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: EX PG CNTY ()
Date: March 25, 2011 02:08PM

What year did the Wiz go out of business?

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: turd ()
Date: March 25, 2011 02:54PM

the wiz went down my pants.ha ha ha ha ha ha lol lol lmao

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: TD40 ()
Date: March 27, 2011 04:44PM

I used to work for Waxie Maxies' district warehouse on 3rd ST NE in DC. Basically, it was a thankless, hot, crappy job of just putting CDs, tapes, and albums into boxes and marking the store number outside. I also had a major crush on a girl named Barb who worked at the Congressional Plaza store in Rockville. Wonder whatever happened to her...

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: Chris ()
Date: March 27, 2011 04:56PM

FAIRFAX COUNTY MASTER OF METAL Wrote:
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> The store at Springfield Plaza was still open
> fairly recently but I do not remember what name it
> went by. Probably not WAXIE MAXIE'S though


That most definitely was a Waxie Maxie's. I used to go there to buy concert tickets. I remember you could buy tickets for shows at Merriwether Pavilion there and avoid the surcharges.

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: Cooter ()
Date: March 27, 2011 06:11PM

Waxi Maxies wow...

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: CAROLINE ()
Date: April 16, 2011 09:39AM

Waxie Maxie's was still open in 1993-94 when I worked at the one at Landmark

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: Dennis Green ()
Date: April 16, 2011 10:13AM

There was also a Waxies in Pan-Am shopping center. Closed in the late 80's. 89 I think.

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: Chris ()
Date: July 14, 2011 04:33PM

there was a waxie maxies at the Frederick Towne Mall until about 2000. I bought my first albums there as a kid. That whole mall is now vacant and dead. really depressing. But im keeping the record store spirit alive now that i have my own vinyl shop in frederick called the Rock & Roll Graveyard. I sell mainly used lps tapes and cds. RECORD STORES LIVE

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: A Side/B Side ()
Date: July 21, 2011 01:35PM

I worked for Waxie Maxies back in the early 80's. Worked at Beltway Plaza, then Hampton Mall. Also worked in the warehouse briefly - I remember the warped and/or scratched records that customers returned would usually get re-wrapped there in their shrink wrap machine and resold as new. Kemp Mill got their edge over WM because they sold drug paraphenelia as well as music, and old man Max wouldn't hear of it. I also remember around Christmas time when the store employees were expecting some kind of bonus, the old man or one of his stooges would come by, grumble a little bit, then allow us to pick out one or two 'budget' albums as our bonus. LOL! Sheesh.

A thankless job; but I sure did meet a lot of great people.

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: FunAndGames ()
Date: July 23, 2011 03:48AM

We were just talking to our daughter ( she is 14 ) ..., She says to us Mom you are old because the music you all like is classic rock now ( she is talking as in GNR, Metallica, the heavy metal, hairband days!! the damn best ones :) ) anyway I was LOL so hard I said hell, I am 38.... then I sat for a minute thought damn we are OLD!!!!.....LMAO ...


I remember the Waxie Maxie's at Springfield Mall, I believe there was also one at springfield Plaza.... I remember when everything was still ablums and tapes ...lol No Cd's just yet

" It's all Fun and Games till Someone gets Hurt "

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: Doyouremember ()
Date: July 23, 2011 04:19PM

Remember the music store called "The Wall"?

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: FunAndGames ()
Date: July 24, 2011 02:53AM

Doyouremember Wrote:
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> Remember the music store called "The Wall"?


LOL yeah and also Sam Goody's too Kemp Mill as well

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: Picture ()
Date: March 19, 2012 07:53AM

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Here is a picture I found online taken outside of the Springfield Plaza store. You can clearly see the barbershop spiral on the middle upper left hand corner of the picture.

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: Ah the memories ()
Date: March 19, 2012 09:41AM

If I remember correctly, the Waxie Maxies in Worldgate changed their name to "Coconuts" shortly before going under.

What I mostly remember about Kemp Mill (at least the Greenbriar location) is they always had a big stack of the Washington Blade next to the front door. So as a kid I made the logical conclusion that Kemp Mill was a gay record store.

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: R_in_FFX ()
Date: March 19, 2012 03:05PM

Waxie Maxie in beacon mall shut down either 1993 or 1994

.. so around the same time at Tape World in Springfield mall.

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: Tommy ()
Date: December 20, 2012 10:40PM

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Here is a receipt I found a few weeks ago while cleaning out my at desk at work. I apologize for the blurry picture. I took it with my shitty camera phone. As of May 1999 they were still in business.

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: who cares? ()
Date: December 22, 2012 08:22PM

who fucken cares? Get over it. shit closes, move on...
log into itunes and buy the same crap with better quality and 1/10th the price.

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: FUCK YOU ()
Date: December 22, 2012 08:27PM

who cares? Wrote:
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> who fucken cares? Get over it. shit closes, move
> on...
> log into itunes and buy the same crap with better
> quality and 1/10th the price.

FUCK YOU AND YOUR DIGITAL BULLSHIT. SOME OF US PREFER PURCHASING PHYSICAL PRODUCT YOU ASSHOLE. YOU REALLY SHOULD GET OUT OF THE HOUSE ONCE IN A WHILE.

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: GG Allin ()
Date: December 28, 2012 10:16AM

who cares? Wrote:
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> who fucken cares? Get over it. shit closes, move
> on...
> log into itunes and buy the same crap with better
> quality and 1/10th the price.

What an idiot. How is $1 per track cheaper than a CD/LP, which often have 10+ tracks for less than $10? Besides, nobody here is whining about stores closing - they are remembering some good times. Go to hell and fuck your dead mother.

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: For GG!!! ()
Date: December 28, 2012 11:16AM

And suck his ass, it smells!!!! GG ALLIN, BABY!!!!!!

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: BrandonG.M.U. ()
Date: December 28, 2012 03:24PM

Its cheaper to listen to the stuff for free online then just decide which tracks you want to buy and which are nothing more than filler. Unless you're buying a truly classic album or a greatest hits, you're paying for stuff that you won't listen to.

Better yet just rip stuff off of YouTube or get it on the good ol' mirc.

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: Max Waxie ()
Date: December 28, 2012 03:28PM

I just bought some CDs, none of which were over a dollar. I ripped the songs I wanted and dumped them at Goodwill.

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: LewMar ()
Date: July 25, 2013 09:13PM

loved Waxie Maxie's. It was fun to work there..Everyone was like family.

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: 12XU ()
Date: July 26, 2013 06:49PM

Wasn't there a Waxie Maxie's downtown near K Street as late as 2003? Or was that Kemp Mill?

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: BIG JAY ()
Date: August 24, 2013 09:39PM

they were purchased by TransWorld Entertainment their stores were F.Y.E. and Coconuts and Waxie Maxie's and Strawberries in NorthEast were re-branded as Coconuts before going under cause of the changing industry and Napster LOL

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: LS Grillo ()
Date: January 24, 2014 09:49PM

The company that actually bought Strawberries and Waxie Maxies was LIVE Entertainment. The "L" was originally "Lieberman" rack-jobbers. The "IVE" was International Video Entertainment. Shortly after LIVE was established the new president was from RCA and Hertz. His name was Jose Menendez. Yes that one... Jose and his wife Kitty... I am sure you all remember that their kids Lyle and Eric shot them to death in their living room. Mitt Romney's company Bain Capital bought the music retail parts of the business. Live Entertainment turned in Artisan Entertainment and now is now Lionsgate(Conglomerate). Strawberries and Waxie Maxies lost their identity when they were taken over by Record Town out of Albany,NY. You all know them now as FYE and there are still a few COCONUTS stores left. All others are gone. The rest is history.

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: LS Grillo ()
Date: January 24, 2014 09:52PM

Not all Waxie Maxies closed in 1991. There were quite a few that survived until 1995-1997.... After that they all got folded and withered away....

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: das_Mario ()
Date: January 26, 2014 03:03AM

The first Waxie Maxie's that I visited (back in 1988) was at The Corner Shopping Center in Falls Church. I also remember the Waxie Maxie's at Skyline Mall in Bailey's Crossroads. They were gone sometime around the late 1990s (1996-1997).

Waxie Maxie's was OK. When I started getting more and more into alternative rock, post-punk, and industrial rock, Waxie Maxie's was a place where I could sometimes find what I wanted.

Same also was the case with Kemp Mill, near my high school (George Mason).

After I first visited the Tower Records at Pike 7 Plaza (Tysons), there was less reason for me to visit Waxie Maxie's and Kemp Mill.

I really miss Tower Records!! It was awesome!!

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: Joe Citizen ()
Date: January 26, 2014 04:21AM

das_Mario Wrote:
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> The first Waxie Maxie's that I visited (back in
> 1988) was at The Corner Shopping Center in Falls
> Church. I also remember the Waxie Maxie's at
> Skyline Mall in Bailey's Crossroads. They were
> gone sometime around the late 1990s (1996-1997).
>
> Waxie Maxie's was OK. When I started getting more
> and more into alternative rock, post-punk, and
> industrial rock, Waxie Maxie's was a place where I
> could sometimes find what I wanted.
>
> Same also was the case with Kemp Mill, near my
> high school (George Mason).
>
> After I first visited the Tower Records at Pike 7
> Plaza (Tysons), there was less reason for me to
> visit Waxie Maxie's and Kemp Mill.
>
> I really miss Tower Records!! It was awesome!!


Tower Records had nice hours and remained open until midnight. They had plenty of new CDs available where one could listen to them at a station or two before making the plunge. Also, they sold a good number of music books for guitarists, keyboardists, and other blooming musicians.

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Re: What year did WAXIE MAXIE'S go out of business?
Posted by: Drac ()
Date: February 10, 2014 01:38AM

I worked at Waxie Maxie's in Crystal City underground mall when I first got hired (1987) and then a few weeks later got transferred to the Pan-Am shopping center location. Great times and even better people that I used to work with.
I left the area in the fall of 1989. Went back some years later, probably mid 90's, but everything had changed by then. I was relativelky young back then, late 20's, and I enjoyed working there. Good memories.

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