Guestroom Records co-owners Justin Sowers and Travis Searle will close the independent record store’s third location in Bricktown on September 7. That location, inside the Oklahoma Hardware Building that is owned by ACM@UCO, opened in November 2011.
“In 2011, record buyers and music media were mourning the closing of some fantastic and iconic stores, but Guestroom gained national attention for opening this third location and helping to keep the tradition of independent record stores a vital part of our communities.” - Will Muir, manager of Guestroom Bricktown
On the heels of this sad news for downtown Oklahoma City comes good news for music lovers in Louisville, Kentucky, as Guestroom will open a storefront in the town’s Clifton neighborhood at 1806 Frankfort Avenue in early October 2013.
For several years, Searle has been contemplating a move from the Oklahoma City area. There was once hope that a Guestroom location in Tulsa would materialize, but alas it did not.
Searle’s significant other, Lisa Foster, is a Kentucky native, which makes the move and opening a natural fit.
“Louisville is a town that has a thriving local business community, a great local music culture, and good community of vinyl purveyors already at work. We are honored to join them and to be in a state that I have long thought of as a second home.” - Travis Searle
Both the Norman and Oklahoma City branches of Guestroom Records will continue operating as usual, with Sowers at the helm of Oklahoma City operations and Muir moving from the Bricktown location to manage the Norman store.
Guestroom is also preparing for an exciting number of events this spring to celebrate Guestroom’s tenth anniversary.