Writer: Sam Kayuha.
As arcades make way for barcades, many business owners are realizing that alcohol pairs nicely with, well, many things.
Including record shopping. Craft & Vinyl - a shop that, true to its name, will specialize in craft beer and vinyl records - is set to open next month in Grandview. Taking the space formerly occupied by Alternative Resale at 1806 W. 5th Avenue, the bar will also offer live music and a recording space.
Owner and proprietor Troy Stacy said he has been working toward the opening after “brewing” the idea for 18 months. The Upper Arlington resident is a musician who started playing the drums at 10 years old, and spent years working as a music supervisor for video productions. He has also been a bar owner and show organizer, keeping, as he said, “one foot in branding and one in music.”
“I want a place where people feel connected, where they feel a sense of community,” Stacy said of his latest venture. “This was inspired by my group of friends, our shindigs where we each pick a six-pack and bring some vinyl. It just happened organically - the conversations would last for hours.”
Stacy considered options in Clintonville and the Short North for Craft & Vinyl, but settled on the Grandview storefront after some necessary remodeling. He will be running the place with the assistance of Michael Depew, who owned the Ace In The Hole record shop for 23 years until it closed last March.
There are the monthly subscriptions available for the Sonic Maker Space, offering recording opportunities for musicians, and the spinCONTROL Vinyl Club, which will function as a library of sorts. Users can take two records home for a week, then return them for two more. There will also be private tastings for members of the Flight School, another monthly subscription.
Stacy is planning on opening in mid-December. For more information, and to enter a promotional contest in which the winner receives a turntable and a $250 vinyl shopping spree, visit craft-n-vinyl.com.