Wednesday night, Ear X-tacy Records is closing its doors—to open in a new location Friday morning. A look at the last day as the landmark store prepares for the next 15 years.
The current—for today—location at 1534 Bardstown Road.
For the last week, Ear X-tacy has slashed prices in order to thin out inventory and continue to bring in customers.
Many of the racks are empty, but the shop is still open until 6 p.m.
Much of the store appears unchanged as people still browse the bins.
Near the register, however, it's obvious that something's happening.
Not all will make the trip, however.
Vinyl is—and will remain—a large draw for traditionalists and audiophiles.
Although there is some evidence of packing up, the windows remain covered with stickers and promotional posters.
The shop has long faced Bardstown Road; not much will change in that regard come the weekend.
No word on exactly when the old signs will appear, but this is the current exterior of the new location at 2226 Bardstown Road. The space is shared by a FedEx Kinko's and Tuesday Morning.
The entrance will be not off the street, but through a vestibule leading to other businesses within the building. There is a full parking lot to the rear of the building.
The 6,000-square-foot space will be open Friday at 10 a.m. The red floor reflects the color scheme from the previous location. "We'll be open," says owner John Timmons. "We may not be ready, but we'll be open."
Timmons is delighted with the new space, which is larger than he originally contracted for. He says that the first 100 shoppers on Friday morning will receive coupons good for $10 off their first purchase at the new Ear X-tacy.
Photos: Eve Lee