Town & Country Antiques (244 Main Street in Menomonie) recently opened a music store on the premises for fans of all generations to see, hear and purchase from a large, ever-changing, inventory of vinyl long-play records.

Columbia Records first introduced the vinyl LP in 1948 which until the late 1990s were the primary medium used for music production. Long the gold standard for recorded music quality, vinyl LPs are experiencing a surge in popularity and preference with sales at a 30-year high and expected to top $1 billion this year, and there are now 48 new vinyl-pressing facilities worldwide.

The new Town & Country Music Store offers hundreds of vintage, classic, and contemporary LPs to choose from as well as a nice selection of reconditioned and tested stereo components, including receivers, turntables, and speakers, as well as vintage console, compact stereos and vinyl accessories like sleeves, cleaners and record racks. Sheet music, radios and musical instruments are also be available.

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Dunn County News editor

Barbara Lyon is the editor of The Dunn County News in Menomonie, WI.

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