At Craft & Vinyl, the name says it all.

After only three months in business at 1806 W. Fifth Ave., Columbus, between Grandview Heights and Upper Arlington, the store is making a splash as a haven for fans of records, craft-beer aficionados and songwriters.

"It's built to look like an art gallery," said owner Troy Stacy.

This description holds true at the vibrant new shop.

Upon entering Craft & Vinyl, one sees a record store that pays homage to the days of classic rock and metal.

The walls are crowded with concert posters -- all of which are for sale -- designed by renowned poster artist Mike Martin.

The record shelves are stocked with the likes of everything from Iron Maiden to Jimi Hendrix.

Customers also are greeted by a bar that boasts local craft-beer selections and that feels conducive to the environment Stacy seeks to promote.

Craft & Vinyl also functions as a space for music creation.

With the inclusion of a small studio recording suite and a newly added stage in the back of the building, Stacy hopes to bring out the creative side of his customers in every way possible.

One example is a showcase at the shop throughout the weekend between Christmas and New Year's Eve. The event will feature three to four bands per night from Dec. 28 to 30 and will break in the stage in a big way.

In addition, customers are able to order records online at Craft & Vinyl's website,, and pick them up in store -- a service seldom offered by record stores.

Craft & Vinyl opens at 1 p.m. daily.

James Harker helps write the weekly In The Record Store column, which focuses on central Ohio music discovery and involvement.