Amid Black Friday sales, retailers are still dealing with inflation

Nov 23, 2022
From records to chocolate to bicycles, three small businesses describe how they're doing ahead of Black Friday.
As shoppers flock to stores this Black Friday, small businesses are still weighing how to handle rising prices.
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In the pre-holiday scramble, small businesses see a little bit of supply chain relief

Oct 26, 2022
The owners of a record and comic book shop, a toy store, and a greeting card and outdoor gear business share their experiences.
Shelves of comic books and record bins at Phillip Rollins' new OffBeat location, in Jackson, Mississippi.
Courtesy Phillip Rollins

"Inflation is gut-punching my business," record store owner laments

Aug 12, 2022
Vinyl records are a big part of Phillip Rollins' business at Offbeat in Jackson, Mississippi. But rising costs make them a harder sell.
Phillip "DJ Young Venom" Rollins, of the Offbeat record store and art gallery, would like to see the prices of vinyl records go down. "The demand is up there, just the supply is kind of low."
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How the vinyl resurgence keeps pressing forward

Industry leaders are seeking new ways to sustainably keep the music playing.
The demand for vinyl keeps growing, even as the industry works around supply chain issues.
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Hot property market puts Nashville record shop, and other small businesses, at risk

Dec 17, 2021
The owners of the Groove are struggling to come up with $500,000 to buy the bungalow that houses their store.
The Groove is a small record shop whose owners hope to buy the property they work in so the business can survive.
Paige Pfleger

Vinyl records are selling at twice the clip of a year ago with no signs of slowing down

Sep 20, 2021
Foot-square covers, bonus tracks and poster inserts — what's not to like?
A shopper browses through vinyl albums in Paris, France's Lucky Records Store in March 2021. Vinyl sales have skyrocketed over the past year.
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Detroit helps lead vinyl record renaissance

Dec 18, 2019
In 2017, Detroit became the only city in the U.S. with more than one vinyl presser. It's good timing.
An Archer Record Pressing employee takes a lunch break amidst stacks of freshly pressed vinyl.
Steven Cuevas

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This indie music label is investing in vinyl

Mar 24, 2017
Hand Drawn Records in Texas wants to press a million records this year on its new machines.
Dustin Blocker listens to records for imperfections on the floor of the manufacturing facility.
Photo: Hady Mawajdeh

How the music supervisor for HBO’s "Vinyl" picks songs for the show

Apr 1, 2016
Randall Poster is responsible for tracking down the 1970s music for the series.

Vinyl record sales have jumped to 6 million

Sep 15, 2014
Vinyl sales are experiencing a boom among a younger audience.

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