18-year-old student opens record store in Macon

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Noah Silver will soon be starting his freshman year at Mercer University, but when he does, he’ll balance school with running his own business.

MACON, Ga. — Noah Silver will soon be starting his freshman year at Mercer University, and when he does, he’ll balance school with running his own business.

Silver says opening his own business is something he’s been working on since a young age, and on Friday he made that dream a reality.

“It’s really satisfying to fall asleep at night knowing you’ve accomplished something great for someone your age,” Silver said.

Noah Silver has always had a passion for business. He started his first business through TikTok at age 13 called Silver Soaps.

Now 18, Silver creates videos dedicated to vinyl records and has 100,000 followers. Dylan Buckalew found Noah’s business on TikTok.

“I think it’s really cool because so many people, especially our generation, everyone says, ‘Oh, we’re lazy, we don’t like to work,'” Buckalew said.

Buckalew says it’s something he’s happy to support.

“It’s definitely a good thing for our generation, for so many people, including Noah, to step up and do things on their own that benefit a whole community of people. I love it,” said Buckalew.

Silver says music is a huge part of her life. Her father is a literature professor at Mercer, as is her mother. Her mother sadly died of cancer.

Noah’s father, Andrew Silver, says music helped him deal with his loss.

“He found this kind of avenue that took advantage of his creativity and gave him something to do that was positive. Today she would be so incredibly proud of him,” Andrew Silver said.

Vertigo Vinyl’s inventory includes over 5,000 records, CDs, band shirts, record players, and Funko POP! collectibles.

“It’s a dream come true, and then we have a lot of the same taste in music too, so it’s like I know for a fact that every time I come here I’m going to find something I want to buy,” Buckalew said.

His father Andrew says he just wants to see his son happy.

“He’s an incredibly tenacious dreamer, and it’s wonderful to see that dream start to come true,” said Andrew Silver.

Silver is eager to meet people at her store and grow her business. He also hopes his storefront can eventually become a space for young people to play music, as most concert halls are for those 21 and over.

You will find Vertigo Vinyl in Mercer Village. The opening hours of the store will be Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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