The shop is small but has plenty of inventory and three listening stations; one of which is dedicated to Louisville music. Anthony pointed out that music is suited for boutiques now. The only model to survive the changing music industry has been the mom and pop stores; all the big box stores are gone. His personal approach attracts music fans because he can order anything someone is looking for and has extensive knowledge to share. And he's happy to engage in conversation with avid music lovers.
Anthony had originally been adamant about finding a Bardstown Road location, but feels that his space in the Tim Faulkner Building is perfect. He said that it is a little out of the way but that the Faulkners have a built-in audience and he is happy with the relationship he now has with them. They plan to host events and shows right outside his shop in the future.
A self-made sandwich board points the way to his shop from the Franklin Avenue sidewalk.
"Being an artist, too, I know a lot about selling music, but I’ve always been horrible at selling my art," said Anthony. "I knew they [Faulkners] were really good at it. So, I thought if I could bring my shop here, learn something from them in the process and have a gallery for my art as well [it would be a good fit]."
Anthony said that DJs, bands and other types of performers are lining up to host events there. They have a courtyard where they can do multiple types of events. The open air also opens up the possibility of having performers like fire spinners. Best of all, the complex is a huge supporter for local artists, musicians, and performers with a gallery, artist's studios and the record shop.
If you want to see Anthony do his thing live, you can visit him at Meat on Mondays at 1076 E. Washington St. Meat is a bar around back and upstairs from The Blind Pig restaurant. He spins with fellow DJ Woody at 9 p.m. Their Facebook event page says, "As live DJs the team has had legendary nights at The Monkey Wrench as well as sell out appearances at Headliners and the Vernon."
If you want to visit the shop at 943 Franklin St., the hours are Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday from noon to 7 p.m., Fridays noon to midnight and Sundays noon to 6 p.m.
"I like that you can come in and support a local shop," said Anthony. "I like preserving the idea of coming in, moseying around, and enjoying the shop. I like that being the vibe of the store. Vibes are important."
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Photographs: Max Sharp