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The record selling business can be difficult sometimes in this age of digitization, however analog still sells well in Louisville. Here at Underground Sounds, not only can you find vinyl, but they have loads of music on CD as well. The shop has many different genres, from bluegrass and blues to funk and folk, if they don't have it, the staff can find it. On occasion, the store hosts local artists and if you're in the Germantown area, stop in, you won't be disappointed.
If you are a music buff, this is a place you'll want to visit. This 2013 addition to the Louisville music scene has been welcomed by all since the closing of the popular Ear X-tacy. Guestroom Records is a haven for all those who love music as they have an impressive collection. Featuring a vast genre of music which covers the old and the new, it is indeed a small treasure trove of musical gems. They also host concerts occasionally.
Carmichael's is a book store that has bucked the national trend of declining mom-and-pop stores in lieu of digitized media and commerce. In fact, the bookstore has three locations (one in Frankfort) and another outlet for kids down the street at 1313 Bardstown. The stores carry literary journals, magazines, work by local authors, autographed books, fiction, non-fiction and much, much more. In addition to great tomes, Carmichael's is also Louisville's bookstore for author events and signings.
Half Price Books is a nation-wide chain of bookstores which offer both new and used books at amazing prices. The sheer variety of books is amazing here as they come from all kinds of sources when they are sold to the store. So, whether you are looking for a thrilling bestseller or a romantic classic novel, you are sure to find it here. The bookstore organizes regular events such as the Half Pint Library Book Drive, the Kid's Book Giveaway and Story Time Saturdays.