Queens of vinyl: female record store owners share the secrets to success and struggles that became strengths

Brittany Benton Photo By Amber N. Ford

In 2021, opening your own record store sounds like a romantic daydream for most of us. These female record store owners show that, while it may not be romantic, creating a thriving and viable vinyl business can be done.

Stability wasn’t sexy before the pandemic. Maybe now it is?

Pre-pandemic, many of us were functional—though maybe not comfortable—in our go-fast, win-fast lifestyles. After the most destabilizing year in recent memory, some of us are asking, “I want stability, is that okay?”