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 Solomon's was created to honor Tower Records and founder Russ Solomon.  

 Solomon's represents the heart of a New York delicatessen combined with international street food inspired by great cities around the world where Tower Records had stores, including Bangkok, Buenos Aires, Mexico City and Tokyo.

Like Tower Records, Solomon's is a community gathering place where culture and music is celebrated and everyone is welcome.


The legacy of Tower dates back to the 1940s when founder Russ Solomon began selling records out of his father’s drug store at the corner of Broadway and Land Park Drive in Sacramento. In 1960, Solomon expanded operations to the Sacramento suburbs, giving rise to the first Tower Records store on Watt Avenue.

In the years that followed, additional stores opened around the Sacramento region (including K Street in 1974), making the bright yellow and red Tower logo a familiar fixture on the city’s landscape.

Tower soon arrived in big cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York, and eventually to 200 stores around the globe including Japan, England, Ireland,  Canada, Israel, & Mexico -- each with its own personality and cast of characters. In 1983, the company began publishing a national music magazine, Pulse!, which contained artist features, record reviews and industry interviews.

Tower Records was the place where musicians gathered and shopped, including Elton John, Michael Jackson, Prince and Bruce Springsteen, among others. Many artists worked at Tower before making it big including Slash from Guns and Roses and Dave Grohl of Nirvana and The Foo Fighters.  

The magic of Tower Records, Tower Video and Tower Books, was the uniqueness of each location. Tower was a rare gathering place, an extended family, a library full of experts, and a barometer of cultural trends. 

Solomon was featured in the 2015 documentary about Tower Records, All Things Must Pass. 

In 2016, Solomon was inducted into the California Hall of Fame and the Music Business Hall of Fame in 2018. 

Russ Solomon 

September 22, 1925 - March 4, 2018


Historical photos courtesy of the Center for Sacramento History, Tower Records Collection