The U.S. economy is getting better, observers say. Maybe slowly, but it's getting better.
The Great Recession and the changes wrought by the digital age decimated many industries, and the market for brick-and-mortar record shops has long been on the deathwatch list. The situation was made perfectly clear in Louisville in 2011 when Ear X-tacy, the city's biggest (10,000 square feet in what's now the Panera Bread on Bardstown Road) and most famous record shop, closed.
Smaller shops have endured in Louisville. And a new one is coming from an unlikely place.