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NOKOMIS -- In an age when the Internet gives instant access to millions of songs, and electronics stores offer huge caches of compact discs, is anyone really interested in buying vinyl records?
Joe Ponticelle is betting they are.
In a small storefront off Laurel Road, he has set up a shop filled with 60,000 vinyl records. For people who grew up with 33s and 45s, CDs and MP3s are no substitute, he said.
"I love to hook people up with their memories," Ponticelle said. "When you hold that record, it's romantic. There's a story being told."
Ponticelle's store, DaddyO's Record Rack, will open Saturday. The name came from the nickname Ponticelle's children use for their father whose dialogue is sprinkled with words like "cool" and "hep."
Ponticelle admits that he has no idea whether the venture will be successful, but he hopes that with few alternatives -- his store is the only vinyl outlet in southern Sarasota County -- vinyl …