Grimey’s, located on the opposite side of Wedgwood Avenue from Nashville’s flourishing stretch of 8th Avenue, has long been recognized by music lovers as one of (if not) the best record stores, period. It’s notorious for good reason: over the years, the beloved record store has been featured by numerous national publications, including Rolling Stone’s 2010 Best Record Stores in the USA list and USA Today’s 2016 compilation of the 10 best places to buy vinyl in the country. While this store may appear small from its exterior, inside you’ll find hundreds of thousands of records on both vinyl and CD, spanning nearly every genre imaginable. The store is especially popular amongst the alternative-minded audiophiles of Nashville, and this is perhaps no surprise; while Nashville may be known for country music, this is certainly not the only genre produced and eagerly consumed here. In fact, owner Mike Grimes, a musician himself, opened the store with one fundamental goal in mind: to ‘further the profile of Nashville as the ultimate non-genre specific Music City in the world.’ Anyone visiting Nashville with a fondness for music would be remiss not to stop by Grimey’s, or the used record store next door, Grimey’s Too. If you’re lucky, you may even catch one of Grimey’s legendary (and free!) in-store performances.