At the beginning of November, a new music enthused shop will open its doors in The Factory, promoting a vinyl lifestyle with the sales of new and used records along with other music inspired gifts.
At the beginning of November, a new music-enthused shop will open its doors in The Factory, promoting a vinyl lifestyle with the sale of new and used records along with other music inspired gifts.
On Nov. 7, Luna Record Shop will start its first day of business behind the leadership of two sisters whose family has lived in in Franklin for four generations. Calvert Gentry McMahan and Brenna Gentry decided to fulfill a long-time dream of opening and running a store together after collectively spending 15-plus years working in retail and having a passion for bringing their joy of music shopping to life.
“We’re trying to bring back a record store experience that is not currently here in Franklin,” Gentry said. “Music lovers miss it, and younger generations haven’t experienced it.”
The new vinyl selection at Luna will focus on rare imports, limited edition pressings and local music, including select pressings from Third Man Records.
“There’s a mystery and appeal of taking a chance on something you haven’t heard, and I feel that vinyl can make people appreciate music in a different way,” McMahan said. “The nature of vinyl forces listeners to listen to records the way they were meant to be enjoyed – as a whole work, not just individual songs.”
The used vinyl selection will cover many genres and eras. The store will also purchase gently used vinyl, and the sisters are currently curating a unique selection of gifts that they feel compliment their “vinyl lifestyle” boutique.
Luna will focus on giving customers the opportunity to enjoy and value music the way Calvert and Brenna were raised, in an environment that is, in a sense, limitless.
“For me, music was the only thing that my parents did not censor,” McMahan said. “They fully let me do whatever I wanted in regards to what kind of music I listened too.”
Their parents often brought the girls to local musical gatherings, which were often more quaint and impromptu gatherings with extremely talented musicians who resided in the area.
“Franklin was still a secret then, and musicians could move here without getting bothered by anyone,” Gentry said. “It created a very eclectic, song writing community that my parents really embraced.”
Also available will be store branded shirts, totes, vintage audio and other music paraphernalia.
In addition to the storefront, the sisters will continue to operate www.lunarecordshop.com, which offers a small sampling of what can be found in their stores. Currently, the store plans on being open Tuesdays-Fridays, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-6 p.m.