Vinyl record store opens in Little Rock’s Hillcrest neighborhood

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A new store opens its doors Saturday in Little Rock’s Hillcrest neighborhood, and it offers a step back into time.

Control New and Used Vinyl Records has been a year in the making, but its two owners are finally ready to offer a novelty that appears to be making a comeback.

“A place where people can come shop and explore,” Wes Howerton, co-owner, says.

Howerton, along with his business partner, Michael Schaeffer, each invested 350 records from their personal collections to kickstart inventory. The pair recently purchased 800 more from a seller in the Cabot area. Now, their showroom is filled with more than 3,000 records in preparation for Saturday’s grand opening.

Their store’s opening comes at a time when digital music seems to dominate airwaves, but some say there’s a nostalgic trend spinning listeners back to vinyl.

“There’s a little something to it that’s different, ya know?” Howerton says.

For Howerton and Schaeffer, it’s a throwback business venture with what they hope becomes a promising future.

“Find something you love, and you never work another day for the rest of your life,” Howerton says.

The store features three rooms full of shelves stocked with records, a listening station, retro album artwork on the walls and even record players on sale as well.

The store is located in the 2600-block of Kavanaugh, right across the street from the Kemuri restaurant.

Saturday’s grand opening is set to fetaure DJs and local bands.

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