For Troy Stacy, vinyl records never went out of style.
"I never stopped collecting vinyl," he said. "I never understood why they ever stopped making them. It's great to see vinyl making a comeback."
Some of his favorite places to hang out have been record stores.
"They were just cool places to chill and talk about music," Stacy said.
Stacy's new venture, Craft & Vinyl, is designed to encourage that kind of experience.
The combination record store, pub and recording suite will open Wednesday, Aug. 15, at 1806 W. Fifth Ave. in Columbus, just outside Grandview Heights.
Stacy has spent the past year renovating the former thrift shop into an open and airy storefront.
"It's not your grandfather's record store," he said.
Craft & Vinyl offers a small bar that serves craft beer, two floor displays of used vinyl records and new albums displayed on the wall.
Two couches with music magazines arrayed on a coffee table are placed near a wall with concert posters designed by Mike Martin of the Columbus-based Engine House 13.
Visitors also can play pinball on their choice of Rolling Stones or Kiss machines.
The recording suite serves as a complement to the record shop and pub, Stacy said.
"It's set up as a laid-back and comfortable place for musicians to record and collaborate," he said. "It offers something that's more advanced than just recording at home in your basement or garage, but not as expensive as a high-end studio."
The suite offers acoustic and electric instruments and an electronic drum kit that samples 130 individualized kits, he said.
"If you want to get that perfect Led Zeppelin drum sound or sound like the Roots, you have access to it," Stacy said.
A two-hour recording session costs $60 and a four-hour session is $120.
As a musician himself, Stacy said, he finds listening to and talking about records inspirational.
"I remember a lot of nights where we would crack open some beers and bring out a stack of records and start talking about favorite songs and bands, and suddenly you're getting ideas for making your own music," he said. "Here, if you get inspired, you can walk right into the suite and start recording your ideas."
The Upper Arlington resident left his job as a senior director of digital marketing at Nationwide to create Craft & Vinyl.
"I had spent so long in the digital universe that I fell in love all over again with the tactile nature of records," Stacy said.
The boom in vinyl records shows that others feel the same way, especially younger people who don't remember when vinyl was king, he said.
"I did a lot of research while putting together the concept for Craft & Vinyl and the data (show) the reason why kids who are 18 to 35 years old have gravitated toward vinyl records is that they grew up in the digital environment and want something that is more tangible. Vinyl is colorful and highly collectible. The album covers are like artwork."
Tracy said he plans to present occasional intimate concerts in the shop and also plans other special events.
A digital download card will offer access to songs by 13 local bands and can be brought to the store for happy-hour prices on certain beers every day, he said.
The store also plans to produce its own record album as part of a "pour and play" collaboration with Great Lakes Brewing Co.
"They'll choose one of their beers to go with each band's song, so you'll be encouraged to sample that particular beer while you listening to the band it's matched with," Stacy said.
Craft & Vinyl will be open from noon to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, noon to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.
For more information, go to www.craft-n-vinyl.com.