Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Farewell, In Your Ear Music Emporium

This is probably old news to most West Ashevillians, but I just found out that In Your Ear Music Emporium, on the corner of Haywood Rd. and Mildred Ave. (next door to the Westville Pub) is closing its doors on the 17th.

It's difficult for an independent record store to survive in this day and age, having to compete against online music retailers and brick-and-mortar loss leaders. It's even more difficult for music fans with more, um, selective tastes to actually walk into a shop and find what they're looking for almost every time they shop there. Plus, I don't think I've ever gotten the "record store guy" attitude at all from In Your Ear's staff - having been a "record store guy" for several years when I was younger, I know the attitude quite well, unfortunately...

Anyway, from now until the 17th they're selling off their remaining stock at a discount, so this might be a good opportunity to save some money on music and wish the staff the best of luck in their future endeavors.

Thanks for existing, In Your Ear. You'll be missed.


Lance McCord said...

In Your Ear was a lifesaver during my Black Mountain summers. I'd grown accustomed to the Atlanta indie stores during high school, and college in Laurinburg, NC meant serious, serious withdrawal.

Uptown Ruler said...

mars would always holler at me whenever emmylou harris or van morrison put out a new record.

ill be sorry to see em all go.


reverendleal said...

As a current In Your Ear employee, I would like to make it known that there still remains a chance that we will be moving the store to a downtown location in the near future... Keep your eyes (and ears) open, and we might just surprise ya :)

syntax said...

that is good news.