CENTRAL OHIO (WCMH) — Audiophiles rejoice! Record Store Day 2019 is almost upon us, making it the perfect opportunity to explore central Ohio’s thriving vinyl scene.
Some may think that days of turntables are long gone, but in fact vinyl is enjoying a resurgence right now with more than 16.8 million LPs sold last year alone. I asked NBC4 viewers what their favorite record stores in central Ohio are, and here’s what they said:
Founded in 2003, Lost Weekend Records takes the top spot for record stores among NBC4 viewers. The owner Kyle is extremely knowledgeable about music and the selection is amazing, whether you’re looking for a rare find or want to explore bands in the local music scene.
Used Kids Records has been a staple in the Columbus music scene since the late 1980s. If you’re looking for used vinyl, this is the first place you should check. Their selection is huge and includes not only vinyl, but also CDs, cassettes and 8-tracks.
Coming in third for best record store among NBC4 viewers this year is Spoonful Records. The selection, pricing and customer service are three standout points for fans. Spoonful has even received the honor of “Best Record Store in Ohio” from Vinyl Me, Please, a record of the month club.
With more than 50,000 LPs, it’s no wonder why Records Per Minute made NBC4 viewers’ list of favorites. You’re bound to find what you’re looking for with their extensive stock. Customers love the friendly demeanor and the expertise of the owner Steve, and how organized the store is.
Elizabeth’s Records has a deceptively large collection of vinyl, CDs and more, and the owners are very knowledgeable. They have a great selection of mostly used vinyl, from rock to jazz and international to pop as well as some great rare finds. Plus, they have a resident feline tending the shop. (Note: Elizabeth’s isn’t participating in Record Store Day this year, so they won’t have exclusive RSD products but they have great deals and a great selection all year long).
Despite its name, Pat’s Endangered Species is anything but endangered. Viewers from all over central Ohio flock to the store in downtown Delaware for its huge selection of vinyl. The owner, Pat, is extremely knowledgeable about music and can help you find the perfect record for your musical tastes.
If your musical taste runs more on the alternative side of things, Magnolia Thunderpussy is the place for you. They have a huge selection of underground artists that you would have a difficult time finding anywhere else. They also have one of the biggest 99-cent selections in the city. (Bonus: Their t-shirt selection is out of this world!)
Whether you’re looking for new pressings or trying to snag some used vinyl, Apollo Records in Chillicothe is a staple in south central Ohio. With a huge selection, you’re bound to find exactly what you’re looking for, but on the off chance you don’t, the staff will happily order it for you (and customers say their orders come in fast!). They also have a section dedicated to local musicians and Apollo, the record store dog.