From what we could gather, the store was started by a couple of entrepreneurial hippies, which is pretty cool. Entrepreneurship and hippiedom are often mutually exclusive. When they come together, though, sparks can fly. That's definitely the case here. A local juggernaut, the Long Ear has been in business for 32 years. The store carries CDs in every genre imaginable, and manager Nic Fritze convinces me that the racks are only getting bigger. Judging by how many times our conversation got interrupted so he could ring up customers, we'd say the store is going to be around for a long time. The Long Ear was the only record store we polled that stocked every trendy, obscure record we could throw at it, and thus is unquestionably our 2005 CD selection champion.
Sun., Dec. 8, 3 p.m. 2013