written by: Ashley Szanter
Ogden’s independent record store caters to fans of all ages.
You know the Millennial stereotype: a young person only plugged into the digital world. Well, that’s not Kylee Hallows and Blake Lundell, co-owners of Lavender Vinyl, an independent record store in Ogden.
The two met criticism for opening what many saw as a dying business, but Kylee claims, “it’s not a dying business.” And she’s right. Forbes showed record sales topped $400 million in 2016 alone and rose to their highest rate of popularity since 1988.
“We opened Lavender Vinyl not only as a record store but as a community. We want to be a part of Ogden,” says Kylee. One example? They established a Lavender Vinyl label where they hope to support local artists by recording and releasing albums.
Ultimately, they just want to build something unique. “There’s a lot of young people interested in this community and rebranding it into something new,” says Blake. And Lavender Vinyl is certainly becoming a classic Ogden staple. lavendervinyl.com.
Fun fact: Josaleigh Pollett, Lavender Vinyl’s first signed artist, has her album Strangers now available for purchase.
See more inside our 2017 November/December Issue.