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Here Are Some Black-Owned Vinyl Record Stores You Should Support
With the current pandemic affecting black-owned small businesses at an alarming rate across the country, now more than ever we need to come out strong in support of the community. Nearly every industry is impacted, from hospitality to retail. The small market of vinyl record stores may be one of the most overlooked. Find some comfort in nostalgia and let’s show our support.
Brittany’s Record Shop, Cleveland, OH
Shop online or request in-store pickup at Brittany’s Record Shop. This all vinyl, independent shop offers an impressive collection of hip-hop, reggae, soul and jazz favorites. The shop’s owner, Brittany Benton also takes special orders. If you don’t see what you’re looking for currently in the store, she’ll get it for you if she can.
Re-Runz Records, Orlando, FL
Due to their recent closure, Re-Runz Records has increased their online inventory. Owner Ed Smith has been collecting music in the form of CD’s, vinyl, and concert videos seriously since 1974. Today, his shop specializes in genres such as soul, funk, jazz, blues, gospel, and hip-hop.
JB’s Record Lounge, Atlanta, GA
Although JB’s Record Lounge is currently closed due to the pandemic, you can still make purchases online or buy a gift card for a friend or for later use. The store started in owner, JB’s, basement, and has grown into a neighborhood favorite. Now, the shop carries about 13,000 pieces, turntables, and hosts events.
Halsey & Lewis, Brooklyn, NY
Shop online or be first in line when they open. Halsey & Lewis in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn is everyone’s favorite corner record store. Owner Martin Brewer sells everything from records, books, home goods, and “various and sundry” gifts.
Moodies Records, Bronx, NY
Show your support for Moodies Records in the Bronx by shopping online or in-store. The store is a landmark establishment in the neighborhood offering vinyl, CDs, audio equipment, t-shirts, and more. Customers love the knowledgeable staff and diverse inventory.