Ogden's Lavender Vinyl record shop now spinning downtown

Saturday , July 02, 2016 - 3:03 PM

LEIA LARSEN, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — Music lovers weren’t just celebrating Independence Day this weekend. They also reveled in the opening day of Ogden’s new indie record shop, Lavender Vinyl.

The shop, located at 123 25th Street, officially opened its doors at 9 a.m. Saturday, welcoming a steady stream of customers with drinks, scones, stickers and racks and racks of records. 

“It’s been a long time coming, so we’re really excited,” said Blake Lundell, who co-owns the store with his friend and fellow music junkie, Kylee Hallows. “A lot of people are excited there’s a record store on 25th Street ... it’s been crazy. It’s been wild. It’s been a ride.”

Lavender Vinyl buys vintage records and sells new ones, too. Their stock includes albums from many decades and genres, much to the appreciation of customer Shelbie Humenberger.

“I actually got a record player for my husband for our wedding. So far I only have Eagles records, and I want to broaden my horizons a bit,” the Roy resident said. “(I’ve found) a Styx album, of course I’m going to look for more Eagles albums and stuff from the ‘80s, pretty much ... they have a lot of variety here, which I was surprised by.”

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Shayla Hammer of Mantua learned about the shop’s opening during the First Friday Art Stroll. She grew up listening to her dad’s old records and thought she might find something to add to his collection.

“I like classic rock,” she said.

Hammer said listening to music on vinyl beats digital. 

“You can hear all the instruments a lot better. It has a cleaner sound,” she said.

Hallows said opening day brought plenty of positive feedback.

“It’s better than I could’ve imagined, for real,” she said. “I’ve heard a lot of people say ‘thank you for doing this,’ and that makes me so happy.”

Lundell and Hallows will also place a big emphasis back on the local community, from sponsoring the bi-weekly Coffee House Concert Songwriter’s Series at Kaffe Mercantile to the store’s art wall near the entrance.

“We’ll have a different local artist every month for the First Friday Art Stroll, all from Ogden,” said Eden Buxton, the in-house curator. “We have them booked all the way through February.”

This month, the shop is featuring photographer Ashley Ellis.

Visitors at Lavender Vinyl’s opening day fete signed a banner that will be prominently displayed in the shop as a tribute to Ogden’s support.

“The support’s been overwhelming,” Lundell said. “I couldn’t ask for a better community.”

Contact Reporter Leia Larsen at 801-625-4289 or llarsen@standard.net. Follow her on Facebook.com/leiaoutside or on Twitter @LeiaLarsen.

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