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Best Record Store You Haven’t Heard Of: Phil’s Music & Memories

Best Record Store You Haven’t Heard Of

Venture past Covington and into Latonia, Ky. where you will find a record store by the name of Phil’s Music & Memories, a no-frills musical paradise selling records, CDs (someone please remind us what those are again), artwork and more. In the heyday of the ’90s before streaming, Tidal and artists dropping albums two weeks in a row, Phil’s Music & Memories operated in six different locations around the Kentucky area. Despite setbacks, owner Phil Breen has remained a steadfast and firm believer in operating a business where “people can hold and touch records.” Breen, in his 37 years of business, brags that he still carries more CDs than Wal-Mart and Target put together. Only 15 minutes from downtown, take a break from the usual suspects and explore Phil’s. On the way there or back, you can make an additional musical pit stop at Sugarcube Records in Covington (422 W. Sixth St., sugarcuberecords.com), which has new and old releases on vinyl and cassette tape. Yes, tape. What a time to be alive. Phil’s Music & Memories, 3914 Winston Ave., Latonia, Ky., philsrecords.com.