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Vinyl Record store opens on Frankfort Avenue

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Vinyl records are personal, much different than digital music. A new record store in Louisville is bringing that relationship back to life.

There's something nostalgic about thumbing through a neatly stacked row of records to find your favorite album.

"It's a different experience for sure having to put a record on and flip it as opposed to hitting random shuffle on iTunes," said Travis Searle, co-owner of guestroom records.

That simple skip of a beat is what has closed record stores across the country, and here at home, but the vinyl record is coming back to life.

According to the Nielsen Company and Billboard's 2012 Music Industry Report, vinyl sales were up 18% last year with more than 67% bought at independent music stores.

"It is a town that has been booming over the last few years and from the outside we could see it,  the music community here is unbelievable it is very amenable right now and we wanted to be a part of that," said Searle.

Searle jumped at the opportunity to give the music industry a much-needed boost. The co-owner of Guestroom Records is launching a Louisville shop in Clifton.

"Coming to the Silver Dollar, coming to the Hilltop, people said it would be amazing if there was a record store over here and we listened to the advice," said Searle.

This is Guestroom Records third location, the other two are in Oklahoma. It's a friendly, laid-back atmosphere with all kinds of tunes.

Guestroom Records is hosting its opening celebrations at 11am Saturday. It's located near the corner of Frankfort Avenue and Pope.

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