Best Of 2020

Best Clifton Record Store with a Parking Lot: Torn Light Records

Torn Light Records first made waves in Bellevue, where their eclectic range of records, cassette tapes, zines and VHS tapes made them a must-stop for anyone seeking weird finds and deep dives, whether you’re into Jazz, Punk, obscure 1990s Emo, Black Metal or anything in between. They made the move across the river in early 2019, opening a storefront on Ludlow Avenue in Clifton. The new shop was a big upgrade in terms of floor space — 625 feet to 2,000, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer — which means Torn Light has expanded its inventory to include a larger selection of not only vinyl but films and books, too. They also have an attached parking lot (parking is free for customers), which they’ve used to hold parking lot sales (at least one). In September, the record shop put thousands of LP and 45 records from their own collection and other vendors in crates in the parking lot for people to thumb through. The event also included a DJ, coffee from Deeper Roots and beer from 3 Points Urban Brewery. Torn Light Records, 356 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, tornlightrecords.com.