Joe Kboudi, the owner of music and gift store All That Jazz, is selling the busines so he can retire, he announced Wednesday. If he doesn't find a buyer or investor in the next few months, the iconic downtown store could close.

Joe Kboudi, the owner of music and gift store All That Jazz, is selling the busines so he can retire, he announced Wednesday. If he doesn't find a buyer or investor in the next few months, the iconic downtown store could close.

Future of downtown Steamboat icon All That Jazz is up in the air

Owner to retire, sell downtown record store after 34 years

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Joe Kboudi, pictured here in 1977 in his music store, All That Jazz, will be selling the business after 34 years.

— After more than three decades at the helm of the iconic downtown music store, Joe Kboudi announced Wednesday that he’s putting All That Jazz up for sale so he can retire.

“I’ve been thinking about it for a good while,” he said. “I’m in my late 60s, and it’s probably time to hopefully pass the torch and retire and do some other things, or not take as large a part in it.”

Kboudi said he would consider a 100 percent sale and would be available to stay on to train a new owner or work as a manger or buyer. He also would consider a partial sale or investment.

The business is listed for $275,000 with Prudential Steamboat Realty. Steve Hitchcock is the listing agent.

“It’s hard,” Kboudi said about the decision to put the store on the market. “I’ve had the store for 34 years, and there’s a huge connection between the community and the store. I want that to continue. It’s really important.”

He opened the business downtown in 1977, selling vinyl records and cassette tapes as well as gifts and greeting cards. The store also sells tickets for local concerts, community events and fundraisers.

“The store, at this point, is much more than a music store,” he said. “It’s a gathering place for the community. It’s kind of a meeting place.”

Kboudi recalls that running the store was the “easiest thing in the world” when it was a small record shop tucked into the Harbor Hotel. Through the decades, the store went through a phase in Old Town Square before moving to the corner of Sixth Street and Lincoln Avenue in the new Alpen Glow building three and a half years ago.

As time went on, so did the landscape of the music business.

“The Internet has made the music store business endangered, and there’s not many stores like mine left,” he said. “Still, there’s a resurgence of vinyl now, and people are buying new and used vinyl, and it’s a great thing.”

He said it would be a “good thing” if he could still be involved with the store on some level, interacting with customers and helping to outfit them with gifts, clothing and music.

However, he said if no buyer or investor is found before ski season, he would close the store.

“That would be a sad day,” he said.

Tracy Barnett, manager of Mainstreet Steamboat Springs and a former downtown business owner, said she also would hate the see the store close.

“All That Jazz has been an icon in downtown Steamboat forever,” she said. “People expect to see it there.

“I hope that he will either find his investor or someone will choose to buy the store and keep it going.”

— To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204 or email ninglis@SteamboatToday.com

Comments

bandmama 3 years, 3 months ago

All that Jazz is THE only place for tunes and such. Please keep it as such. I do NOT have the funds to shop downtown as a local very often, but this is the ONE place I will splurge, and well worth it. Music, clothes, and trinkets for a special gift. KEEP IT LOCAL!!!! love always, bandmama.... Joe, love ya and will miss ya thanks for keeping it real!

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Scott Wedel 3 years, 3 months ago

As an iconic establishment that generates good publicity then at $275K it is a bargain for the City of SS to purchase and then have MainStreet Steamboat operate.

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mavis 3 years, 3 months ago

Scott--- so the government public works and other valuable programs are operating on furloughs and such... yet you want the city to buy a record store?? Woohoo for Steamboat we are going to be a mini California in Colorado. We are going to have bike races, pot stores galore, (don't worry pilot this will fire up the quiet pot store owners)
Yet we are going to have rock slides non stop, understaffed police, fire and road and bridge employees so we can look good??

Newsflash... that won't last LONG.. when the roads finish faling apart, thefts keep going unanswered, and mother nature keeps up the surprises you are going to wish the Government was frugal because owning a record store will be LAST on the survival list!!

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Scott Wedel 3 years, 3 months ago

Mavis, Why not? Disneyland owns and operates every store along MainStreet USA in their amusement parks. Isn't it SB's goal to emulate that highly successful model?

If it makes sense for a city sales tax to give to ski corp for their airline subsidy program so they can subsidize the airline tickets of packaged ski vacations then why shouldn't the city buy All That Jazz? That makes far more sense than buying the Iron Horse. At least with All That Jazz they'd be buying a place tourists enjoy visiting.

Just consider it an interactive museum where old timers can relive their childhood joys of going to the record store and kids can see for the first what a real record store looks like.

Surely it makes sense given all the other stuff the City does for tourism.

btw, this is supposed to be satire suggesting the absurd. So this being SB, I expect it to be considered by the City Council.

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sodacreekpizza 3 years, 3 months ago

@Scott, satire aside, (and off topic) if you think that airline contributions go to ski corp or are just for the benefit of one business, or that the program is "their airline subsidy" you have an uninformed view of the issue.

The purpose of the air program is not to subsidize the prices for ski packages. The purpose is create the possibility that the airlines come here at all. When the planes are full there is no payment and therefor no subsidy.

The program benefits everyone from P-Burg to Maybell by providing air transport to NW Colorado. In particular, location nuetral businesses benefit, but everyone that wants to come or GO from the Yampa Valley has access to the flights that would not otherwise come here.

Most local businesses also benefit from the air traffic and economic activity it supports. Ski Corp is certainly included. Local businesses are asked to contribute (and Soda Creek Pizza has for the last 12 years) but it is Ski Corp that writes the biggest check; bigger than all the others combined.

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Scott Wedel 3 years, 3 months ago

Sodacreekpizza, I did not say that the only beneficiary of the airline subsidy program was Ski Corp. Obviously once a tourist is here they spend their money in various businesses.

I do note that the airline subsidy program is not operated by a public board that is accountable to the public. The money is basically given to Ski Corps for the airline subsidy program and we are left to trust them that it was well spent.

If local businesses want to support the airline subsidy program and give money to Ski Corps to operate it then that is their right. When they want to impose a sales tax and take my tax dollars and give it to a private company then that crosses the line.

Eagle Valley has Vail Resorts entirely pay for their winter airline subsidy program and the community pays for the summer and fall subsidies which is managed by a public board.

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greenwash 3 years, 3 months ago

300K..interesting...Only problem is I highly doubt it includes any real estate.

Nice run though Joe.

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mavis 3 years, 3 months ago

... Newsflash....

Tourism is NOT the ONLY type of Buisness Steamboat relies on...... bummer for you all it is NOT the sole backbone bor the community it ACTUALLY takes a COLLECTIVE group of people and the more you ignore tht the worse the economy is going to get around here.

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Scott Wedel 3 years, 3 months ago

Greenwash, City of SB has the Rehder building downtown so they could move their All That Jazz interactive museum there after they buy it.

Mavis, Assuming there is some business in SB not dependent upon tourism then could you please describe that business to the City Council and this newspaper? Because neither appear to recognize the possibility of any local business not dependent upon tourism. The City certainly concentrates all of its efforts to encourage the tourism business.

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rhys jones 3 years, 3 months ago

Although my "business" (if you can call it that) does not rely on tourists -- or even locals; my nearest customer is in Oklahoma -- and neither do the many ranchers and miners here, the reason this is a real town, not Disneyland like Aspen or Vail -- still, I must concede the need to court the tourist buck; there are many businesses which do rely on it. My difference is with who should pay for it, and I think it should be the folks who directly benefit, not the whole friggin' valley. Hence I take a dim view of airline subsidy taxes, bag fees, and every other attempt to steal my all-too-rare money. The Chamber should fund the marketing effort, and not City Council, whose job is to control spending. Mavis -- "understaffed police"?? Ahem, I must differ.

I think I may still be living down one ill-considered remark I made at a record rep party in the '80's, Jumpin' Joe remembers I'll bet. Sorry, big guy, I was a semi-dork then, and my musical tastes have since expanded. My radio stays on the OZ. Good run, Joe!!

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pitpoodle 3 years, 3 months ago

Scott, what? are you nuts? Do you want a replay of Iron Horse? No to SBS owning any private sector business. period.

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Scott Wedel 3 years, 3 months ago

No to SBS owning any private sector business? What about Haymaker golf course? What about owning the downtown Rehder building? What about all the money they spent building the cafe in Centennial Hall? What about Howelson Hill? What about SBS water and sewer?

Or commercial real estate developer providing commercial space to Smartwool? Or buying Iron Horse?

Or not only funding airline subsidies, but funding it without any public oversight of how the money was spent. According to the City's answer to a public records request, all they know about the program is how many seats available and how many were occupied. Ask any question about how much is being spent for this or that flight then they say they know nothing about that.

How are those that much different from buying the iconic SB record store and operating it as interactive museum? It doesn't cross any line that City of SS hasn't already left far behind. No, the only question left to the City is expected cost and how much this amenity would increase the tourist's desire to visit and return to SS.

Just think how much controversy would have been avoided if the City had purchased Off the Beaten Path and kept that as a bookstore.

And yes, this is such a crazy place that something suggested as an absurd idea can be defended as entirely consistent with historical and current city policies and actions. Personally, I'd love to see all the city owned businesses spun off. Either to nonprofit collectives similar in structure to YVEA or simply sold to the private sector. Regardless, the power to tax and the other functions of city government should have nothing to do with running businesses. If City wants to fund some nonprofit then it is free to do so, but it is an entirely different situation when the city is also the owner and operator of that business.

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