When Miriam Linna, who previously lived in Ashtabula and Kent before launching the independent Norton Records
with her late husband, Billy Miller, attended a private party at Franklin Castle last year, she was so bowled over by the local band Archie and the Bunkers that she signed them to her retro-minded label and released a single by the group.
Hanging out in Cleveland and working with the talented organ/drums duo triggered a renewed interest in Northeast Ohio, and Linna has just announced that she’ll move the Norton Records warehouse from Brooklyn, New York, to the Screw Factory (the old Templar auto factory).
“When I was at that party, I talked to the boys in Archie and the Bunkers and to their father Marty, and he suggested I look at the Screw Factory,” Linna explains. “We found a great space there for the warehouse that will be ideal for dealing with the nuts and bolts of our business. We can easily move big boxes of records in and out of there.”
Linna will also keep an office at Franklin Castle and begin hosting regular events at the place. The first event will be a private release party for a 1967 single by Wally Bryson (the Choir, Raspberries). The artwork will feature never-before-seen photos by local photographer George Shuba.
A Norton anniversary party will also take place on Oct. 13 at Franklin Castle.
“We want to bring rock 'n' roll things we would typically do in New York to Franklin Castle,” says Linna. “And I really want to focus on things that are Cleveland centric and work with [the locally based vinyl pressing plant] Gotta Groove as well.”