M-Theory Music celebrates vinyl in Flower Hill’s Row


By Karen Billing

A new vinyl record shop has spun into Del Mar with M-Theory Music in Flower Hill Promenade.

The store officially opened on June 14, but held a grand opening party on July 12 with live performances from the bands Island Boy and Ditches in Flower Hill’s lively Row Collective courtyard. Saturday’s scene included outdoor ping-pong matches, and the Row’s first Makers Market was held on Sunday with homemade goods and do-it-yourself crafts.

“The Collective down here has a lot of great people,” said Rick Tyner, general manager of M-Theory. “It’s fun to be a part of something up and coming.”

The space definitely stands out in the Row Collective, as local artist Celeste Byers painted the exterior and interior of the store with her uniquely bright designs. On Saturday night, the store teemed with people flipping through new and used vinyl records of everything from new rock to the very rare. M-Theory’s collection of cassette tapes also evoked plenty of nostalgia from browsers.

M-Theory also sells turntables and other audio equipment, music books, posters and artwork. This is the record shop’s second location; the first is in Mission Hills.

The store is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For information, visit mtheorymusic.com.

Flower Hill Promenade is at 2720 Via de la Valle, Del Mar.