Just for the record, we’re really excited about this news. We got the scoop on Citizen Vinyl – one of Asheville’s most anticipated new bizzes of 2020. This boutique vinyl pressing plant, record store, community gathering space + bar/cafe is set to open in the Citizen-Times building (14 O’Henry Ave.) in mid-September.
Here’s what to know about the historic location –
- Construction on the modern building was completed in 1939.
- It was designed by architect (and Asheville High School grad) Tony Lord. From design through construction, the project took 15 months.
- It’s been the home of the Asheville Citizen and Asheville Times papers (which merged in 1991).
- The building’s third floor was also the headquarters of the radio station WWNC (Wonderful Western North Carolina) 570 AM – one of the country’s leading radio stations. DYK: WWNC was Asheville’s first radio station, and it’s currently under the ownership of iHeartRadio (Bonus: Be sure to listen on Thursday mornings at 8:40 a.m., when the AVLtoday crew joins host Mark Starling to talk everything AVL).
- The Citizen-Times crew will continue to work out of the building.
Ready for the spin (get it?) on Citizen Vinyl? Read on for details.
- The founder + visionary is Gar Ragland, veteran music producer and creator of the NewSong Recordings label and the NewSong Music Performance & Songwriting Competition. He’ll be using Studio A in the space for the