Nostalgia is a wonderful thing. Between clothes, photos, and classic ways to listen and play music, the past always seems to find its way into the present. If you loves the sound of the needle on a record, here are eight great places in Houston to buy vinyl records.
Heights Vinyl also offers refurbished turntables and speakers, in addition to its wide selection of vinyl treasures. Located off White Oak Drive, it’s easy to spend the whole day searching the bins. Stop by on the weekend; if you’re lucky you’ll catch some local acts performing on the stage in the corner of the store and find some of the hard-to-find albums you’ve been searching for.
Vinyl Edge is in the heart of the Heights, located off 19th Street. Maybe you’re enjoying a cup of coffee at Boomtown, and you make your way across the street to peruse the record selection. Whatever the reason, Vinyl Edge has one of the best selections in Houston.
You may be familiar with this location from the Culture Trip’s ‘places to catch live music in Houston‘ article. The great thing about Deep End Records is that it is also the venue for Walter’s Downtown. Deep End is on to something with its ingenious idea to open a record store inside of a music venue. Flip through an impressive selection of vinyl records between set changes while you catch a show. The store is open Thursday through Sunday from 12pm into the late night, and it also has the best prices in the city.
Cactus Music has a rich history in Houston. The store, like Heights Vinyl, hosts in-store performances and boasts an emporium of rare vinyl. If records aren’t your thing, Cactus Music also has an impressive selection of CDs. Say hello to the store dog; he’s friendly and always enjoys making new friends who will pet him.
Speaking of dogs… for more than 17 years, Black Dog Records has been serving Houston with its fine vinyl and CD collections. What’s not to love about the cute logo depicting a bone-stylus on a turntable? Another great thing about Black Dog Records is that it buys your old vinyl. If your collection is too big to bring to the store, a representative of the shop will come to you. Talk about quality service.
If you’re in Midtown, check out Sig’s Lagoon, Midtown’s only record store. Located off the light rail, in an underrated area along Main Street, Sig’s Lagoon offers a wide selection of vinyl records and CDs. Is an enticing concert coming up? Sig’s is your one-stop-shop for music, selling not only albums but tickets to local shows.
Who knew your favorite cheap book chain also sells records? Offering an impressive selection of both vinyl and CDs (depending on location), Half Price Books is an underrated spot to check out music while getting the books on your reading list. Often you’ll find some great deals, too!
Driving by, it may not be apparent that Sound Exchange is open, but trust us; it is. Located off Richmond and Hazard in Montrose, Sound Exchange offers some of the best deals on CDs and vinyl. Inside a quaint brick home, the friendly and knowledgeable staff is ready to offer suggestions or fix your old turntable. At Sound Exchange, you’re sure to enjoy your experience. By Morgan CroninMorgan Cronin has lived in Houston most of her life. She has a BA in Journalism from The University of Oklahoma. You’ll often find her collecting passport stamps or scouting the perfect latte. Follow her on Twitter@Kwik_satik