Best Record Stores In Seattle

April 13, 2015 5:00 AM

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Those who are of a certain age remember when record store chains were plentiful. Those were the days before CDs and iTunes. Even with the recent renewed interest in albums, record stores are almost a thing of the past. But they haven’t gone completely. There are a few that have survived the mass exodus. To celebrate, the official “Record Store Day” was created in 2007 with this year’s event held on April 18, 2015. Here are five participating shops to keep you spinning.
Bop Street Records
2220 NW Market St.
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 297-2232
www.bopstreetrecords.com

Bop Street Records boasts an inventory of more than half a million titles including LPs, 45s, 78s, 8-tracks and cassette tapes covering nearly any music genre. Bop Street has served the Ballard neighborhood since 1984. Since that time, the store has received many high profile guests, but you don’t have to be a rock star to get the owner’s attention. Dave Voorhees still personally greets every customer who walks in and happily gives them a tour of all the store’s musical treasures. Bop Street opens at noon every day except Monday and is open late Thursday through Saturday.

Sonic Boom
2209 NW Market St.
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 297. 2666
www.sonicboomrecords.com

Owners of Sonic Boom consider themselves as a “world renowned record shop,” and many faithful customers agree with them. The shop is easy to find. Just look for the rocket shaped logo out front. Sonic Boom features a large selection of new and used vinyl as well as cassettes, CDs, DVD, Blu-Ray and more. They also welcome consignment sales any time that their doors are open. Sonic Boom plays host to many live music events. Sonic Boom is open from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m every day except Sunday closing at 7:00 p.m.

Holy Cow Records
1501 Pike Pl. Suite 325
Seattle, WA  98101
(206) 405-4200
www.facebook.com/pages/Holy-Cow-Records

While shopping for fresh fruits and vegetables in the historic Pike Place Market, you might want to take a trip down the corridor to Holy Cow Records. They specializes in rare vinyl LP albums and 45 records. They also feature music memorabilia, CDs and DVDs. It is a small space that is packed full of unique finds with a staff willing and waiting to help. They have a nice-sized “bargin bin.” Visitors can by sell or trade any day of the week from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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Vortex Music & Movies
12439 116th Ave.
Kirkland, WA 98034
(425) 814-4141
www.vortexmusicmovies.com

Not surprisingly, to open a successful record shop, one needs to be a huge fan of music. Daren Vortex knows all about it. After years of building his own collection, he opened Vortex Music & Moves in 2012. Vortes features thousands of new and used LPS, Blu-Ray, DVDs and and CDs. Guests are encouraged to stop buy, make yourself comfortable on one of the couches and listen to some tunes or watch a flick. Vortex is open Monday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Georgetown Records
1201 S. Vale St.
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 762-5638
www.georgetownrecords.net

Founded in 2004, Georgetown Records has grown from a record shop to an artist’s haven featuring live music performances, book signings and art events. However, their first love is still vinyl records in a variety of musical tastes. Georgetown also does consignment sales, but primarily Saturday. You can come during the week, but the buyer is only guaranteed to be in the shop on Saturday. Know ahead of time that they are picky about quality. They enjoy trading with customers too.

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Jeffrey Totey is a freelance writer living in Seattle. He has a love for the arts and is a student of pop culture. He covers stories about the performing arts, theater, museums, cultural events, movies and more in the greater Seattle area. His work can be found at Examiner.com.

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