Final Chapter: Just Ripe Closes (And One Additional Business)

The “final chapter” caption might seem a little melodramatic, but I really do feel I’ve documented this little storefront at 513 Union Avenue more intensely than anything else I’ve written about. In January of 2011 I told you about their pre-opening fundraiser, their opening in May 2011, their half-birthday in December 2011, their reorganization, their subsequent near closure and their purchase […]

Record Store Day – Vinyl in Knoxville? In 2014?

How can that be, right? We all know CDs killed vinyl in the 80s and downloads killed CDs in the 2000s. Maybe some esoteric shops in New York City would cater to DJs there, but Knoxville? As it turns out, Jay Nations, probably Knoxville’s best known guru of vinyl, tells me that he gets customers […]