By Joshua Herring
As KU begins its Sesquicentennial Celebration, students and Kutztown residents remember an undeniably important history. Yet, whereas the university has its own historical standing in the area, another long lasting and well-known Kutztown industry rejoices in its own anniversary. The independent record store off of Main Street, Young Ones, has been in business for 25 years.
KU alumni Holly Fitzpatrick said, “Over the years, Young Ones has built the reputation of embodying that indie record store spirit.” The shop is known for having an eclectic selection, according to her, but also, “a quirky, helpful and knowledgeable staff.”
Young Ones is independently run and operated by co-owners Chris and Caecilia Holt. 25 years ago, the store opened at its original location near KU at the corner of Walnut and College Boulevard. The store was then settled at 59 Constitution Blvd. for over 14 years. Two years ago on Sept. 6, Young Ones strategically relocated to its current building at 26 S. Whiteoak St.
Kutztown native and vinyl enthusiast Louis Hartman, 54, said, “By sticking to its guns and continuing to hold a diverse and limitless inventory, Young Ones was able to prosper despite the ever-changing music industry and the popularity of digital.” The Holts kept the traditional independent spirit alive, which seemed to not only create a thriving business, but also a loyal and growing clientele.
The Young Ones website states that they offer “a huge inventory of new and used vinyl, CDs, cassettes and video games, plus t-shirts, magazines, posters, books and other music related goodies.” After 25 years of cultivating an understanding of what customer service in the record store industry requires, Young Ones focuses on what people are actually seeking to listen to. The website mentions, “If we don’t already have what you’re looking for, we can special order anything.”
The new shop on Whiteoak St. has an expanded retail floor, with twice the amount of space to peruse CDs, vinyl record, DVDs video games, apparel, posters and equipment.
After walking into the shop with neon-bright orange, yellow and green painted blocks, the expansiveness instantly catches the eye—especially when compared to the building that Young Ones previously occupied. It’s easier to find what you want and even easier to get lost searching for something interesting.