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LeAnne Jakubeit wth her husband Anderw is pictured in this Herald file photo from November 2014.     

She survived as an independent, competing against the big national companies. In the age of downloading music, she kept her doors open when many of the Ma-and-Pa record shops closed.    
LeAnne Jakubeit, a prominent businesswoman in Penticton's downtown for the past 30 years, died Saturday.
Her husband, Andrew Jakubeit announced her passing on The Grooveyard's website earlier tonight.
"It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our founder and co-owner LeAnne Jakubeit from battling cancer. To honor her memory and allow staff time to grieve...we will be closed tomorrow (Sunday Nov 22)," the social media post read.
LeAnne operated the local music store for three decades and was extremely popular with the downtown merchants, customers and regulars.
She was a huge booster of the local music and entertainment scene. The store often promoted local musicians and the window is always peppered with posters for community events.
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The following article is  on the store's 30th anniversary in 2020 follows.
 
Record shop still groovin' 30 years later
Special to The Herald
(Sept. 4, 2020, Penticton Herald).
 

An iconic shop in downtown Penticton celebrates 30 years in business this month. 

The Grooveyard started as a music store selling vinyl records, and has come full circle as LPs are once again a popular commodity. 

“Back in 1987 after being the music department assistant manager at Kelly’s Stereo Mart, they closed and an opportunity came up for me to start my own business,” stated founder LeAnne Jakubeit.

“It was a little scary because I was a single mother with two kids and had never ventured out on my own. I started sub-letting a small space within a stereo shop and after two years moved to my own stand-alone store.

“Being a store within a store was the inspiration for the name – The Grooveyard. I also considered SoundGarden but there was a band by that name starting to get popular.”

She would soon start up a partnership with her now-husband, Andrew Jakubeit, who had a music distribution company. The business would venture into wholesale and mail order, but always circle back to retail. Over the years the store would be forced to adapt or re-invent itself to address fluctuating demands and trends. 

“The music industry has changed over the years along with the way people acquire their music; however, nothing replaces having a physical copy of your favorite artist’s record or the natural, warm sound of a record,” noted Jakubeit.

Over the past 30 years, the Grooveyard has always been located downtown and offered a vast array of music and movies, plus funky novelty goods and rock merchandise.  Whether it is a classic rock CD, T-shirt or poster there is always something for the avid music and pop culture lover. 

“We’ve been fortunate to have customers that were kids when we started now coming back as adults with kids of their own,” added Jakubeit, who credits great staff and a  supportive customer base with enabling her to be one of the few independent record stores still operating. 

“We used to sell a lot online but then moved away from it; however now we have relaunched our website and online presence as that is part of staying relevant into the future,” said Jakubeit. “Lots of people enjoy the store when they come in for a visit so hopefully that can transpire into an online experience as we are more than just a record store.”

To celebrate 30 years in business there will be storewide savings of up to 30% off with different categories on sale at various times throughout the month of September. For details, visit www.grooveyard.ca