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City Talk: Starland gets stranger with new Graveface Annex

I’ve been occasionally chronicling changes in Starland for over 15 years, but I never dreamed the neighborhood along the Bull Street corridor would host a shop like the new Annex at Graveface Records & Curiosities.

The new store at the corner of De Soto Avenue and 40th Street opened on Saturday night at the Graveface 6th Anniversary Block Party, which included food from BowTie Barbecue Co. and a few outdoor vendors. The lineup of local bands consisted of Jeff Zagers’ new project Atlantis, Dame Darcy, Rude Dude and The Creek Freaks, COEDS and Dreamend, one of storeowner Ryan Graveface’s myriad endeavors.

In its six years in business, Graveface Records & Curiosities has delivered on the promise of its name, with plenty of records and with curiosities that range from macabre to kitschy. The store has also been a home base of sorts for the Graveface label, but that portion of the business has expanded into a non-retail location on the southside.

So can the new Annex really be any more curious than the record store next door? Yes, it can.

The cramped new space is filled with various strange items that Ryan Graveface has collected over the years. For example, if you ever want to rent a VHS of a bad American-made horror movie from your childhood, you now have a place to go.

You can also find a variety of odd books, masks, skeletons and posters, but it’s practically impossible to describe a store where the unexpected can be found at every turn. The Annex even stocks a significant number of art works by some of America’s most notorious serial killers.

Oddly and fittingly, the Annex has no specific hours of operation at the moment. In his thank you on Facebook to block party attendees, Graveface noted that the hours would be “a bit funky as it’ll pretty much just be open when I’m around.” The store might be open Thursday through Saturday, but potential patrons might want to check the store’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/mcpsociety) for updated information.

As if things couldn’t get any stranger in the Graveface world, we are on the verge of Halloween.

The 2017 Graveface Fright Fest is scheduled for Oct. 28 from 2 to 11 p.m. at the Tybee Post Theater. The event offers a costume contest, a performance by The Marshmallow Ghosts and a full lineup of cinematic horror, including the disturbing 1932 classic “Freaks.” Tickets can be purchased via the Tybee Post Theater website (http://tybeeposttheater.org).

City Talk appears every Sunday and Tuesday. Bill Dawers can be reached via billdawers@comcast.net. Send mail to 10 E. 32nd St., Savannah, Ga. 31401.

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