Named one of the 25 best record stores in America by Rolling Stone in 2010, Wuxtry Records is an unusual landmark, but for some it’s the downtown Athens landmark. REM’s Peter Buck even worked here for a time. (For those of you who thought record stores had gone the way of fanny packs and leg warmers, you’d be surprised at just how serious vinyl collectors can be). Though I can’t recall specifically, I believe I first entered these doors in the spring of 1989. I didn’t buy a record because I was all about cassettes in those days, but I bought a poster and perhaps a t-shirt. The vibe of the place has always been eclectic, with hardcore musicians and collectors mingling with curious onlookers.
Downtown Athens Historic District, National Register of Historic Places