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Bricktown location to close and become the foundation for Kentucky store


Norman, Okla., July 31—

After two years managing three branches of Guestroom Records, co-owners Justin Sowers and Travis Searle will close the independent record store’s third location in downtown Oklahoma City on September 7th and move to a new storefront at 1806 Frankfort Ave in Louisville, KY. The new Louisville store is set to open in early October 2013.

Sowers and Searle note that opening the Bricktown location has been an exciting venture for the store, putting records in prime viewing for thousands of visitors to the downtown area, and serving the needs of students and faculty at the Academy of Contemporary Music at UCO where the Bricktown store has been housed.

“In 2011, record buyers and music media were mourning the closing of some fantastic and iconic stores, but Guestroom gained national attention for opening this third location and helping to keep the tradition of independent record stores a vital part of our communities,” says Will Muir, manager of Guestroom Bricktown. “More importantly, the Bricktown location has come to serve the needs of many of our regular customers who live and work in the downtown area.” 

While opening the Bricktown location, Searle had been contemplating a move from the Norman/OKC area with his partner, a former professor at the University of Oklahoma.  After several years of trying to balance the search for an academic position, with the best environment for Guestroom growth, the two decided that focusing on a new Guestroom location made the most sense.  Louisville soon became the focus of this search.

“Louisville is a town that has a thriving local business community, a great local music culture, and good community of vinyl purveyors already at work,” said Searle. “We are honored to join them and to be in a state that I have long thought of as a second home.”  Justin Sowers agreed: “Louisville is a great city, and I’m excited for Guestroom to be a part of it.”

Both the Norman and Oklahoma City branches of Guestroom Records will continue operating as usual, with Sowers at the helm of Oklahoma City operations and Muir moving from the Bricktown location to manage the Norman store. Guestroom Norman/OKC is also preparing for an exciting number of events this spring to celebrate Guestroom’s 10th anniversary.

Guestroom Records LLC is an award-winning member of the Alliance of Independent Media Stores (AIMS), self-described as “a group made up of forward-thinking music stores across the country dedicated to bringing you the best music shopping experience possible.” Popmatters counted Guestroom Records among of its favorite record stores in the world in 2012, alongside Amoeba Records (Berkeley/Hollywood/San Francisco, CA), Horizon Records (Greenville, SC), Reckless Records (Chicago, IL) and fellow AIMS colleagues Grimey’s New and Pre-Loved Music (Nashville, TN), Good Records (Dallas, TX) and M-Theory (San Diego).

Winner of The Oklahoma Gazette’s “Woody Award” for best record store and the 2007  “Best New Business” award, Guestroom Records has “a deep involvement in our local music scene,” says Oklahoma Dispatch blogger Austin Tackett. “Business is business…but I can honestly say that my town's record stores care about, and help foster the local counter culture.”


For more information, contact Travis Searle or Justin Sowers at guestroomrecords@gmail.com.


Guestroom Records LLC, www.guestroom-records.com


Norman, 125 East Main Street, Norman, OK 73069 (405) 701-5974

Oklahoma City, 3701 N Western, Oklahoma City, OK 73118 (405) 601-3859


Louisville (opening October 2013)


1806 Frankfort Ave, Louisville KY, 40206


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