Explore Columbus: Guide to Local Record Stores
More and more articles are being written these days about the comeback of vinyl records in everyday life. Backed up with numbers from various reports including the Nielsen Company & Billboard’s Music Industry Report, vinyl sales have a recorded increase in the previous years. Whether you’ve been an avid record collector for years, or have recently acquired a taste for this form of organic media, Columbus is a mecca for record collectors.
According to the owner of Lost Weekend Records, Kyle Siegrist, many out-of-town vinyl enthusiasts flock to Columbus for the wide variety of record stores in our city. While this is not a comprehensive list of record stores in Columbus, get started with the list this summer before you explore more on your own.
Lost Weekend Records
Like the majority of record stores in Columbus, Lost Weekend is located on North High Street. While the exterior of the store in Clintonville looks more like a house than it does of a store, it is also the only store on this list that has its own private parking lot, which is a plus for many customers for its convenience. The outer appearance of the store resembles the owner’s idea of making his business more customer service oriented.
“I never want people to be intimidated,” Siegrist said.
Lost Weekend stocks both new and used vinyl records, cassette tapes, and magazines. Siegrist continues to capture the interests of his customers with his record selection after 11 years.
For more information, visit www.lostweekendrecords.com.
A family business and named after the eight-year-old daughter of co-owners David and Laura Lewis, Elizabeth’s Records specializes in used records. Nestled between two different vintage stores on Indianola Avenue, the store prides itself to be family and kid-friendly. In a little store area at the back of the store, shoppers can find children’s toys.
“When she (Elizabeth) is here, people will bring their kids in, and they can play, while the adults shop,” Laura Lewis said.
While Elizabeth’s stocks a little of every music genre including records for children, its two largest categories are rock and jazz.
For more information, visit elizabethsrecords.webs.com.
Used Kids Records
Well-known among Ohio State students and people around the city, the name is familiar to many because of its prime location on North High Street in the University District. Established in 1986, this record store is a reference point in conversations about record stores because of its seniority in the business.
With new and old vinyl records on sale, the store carries out a 20% off used vinyl promotion every Monday and local bands perform in-store from time to time.
For more information, visit www.usedkidsrecords.com.
Records, T-shirts, posters and audio accessories are of abundance in this record store that has stood firmly in its corner establishment in the Short North Arts District since 1969.
As the oldest record store in this list, Magnolia Thunderpussy is filled with history. Ron House, co-owner of Used Kids Records has also worked at the store for a few years before the founding of the Used Kids.
A veteran in this scene, Magnolia Thunderpussy continues to be a must-visit for its records selection and its historical value.
For more information, visit www.thunderpussy.com.
Records Per Minute
When compared to its neighboring record stores, RPM is relatively new to the neighborhood, expecting to hit its two-year mark come July. However, Steve Louis, owner of RPM, has been in the record store business for more than a decade, having owned a store in Westerville during the 90s.
Selling both new and used vinyl records, Louis keeps the store well rounded with country, soul, r&b, hip-hop, reggae, pop, rock, jazz and children’s records. The store also has DVDs and music-related books for sale.
“It’s just like any business— it’s supply and demand, you have to talk with people, your customers, get an idea of what they want, what they like,” Louis said. “I always figured if one person asks about something, they’re not the only person who’s interested, so I’ll stock them.”
For more information, visit www.hardtofindrecords.com.
Located on the corner of East Long Street and North Lazelle Street, this record store is close to the éclectique dining establishments on East Gay Street. Having been in the downtown Columbus area for almost four years, the store stocks both old and new records, including rock, punk, jazz, indie, metal, experimental, and soul music in its selection.
The record store also runs a blog that details the stories behind its neat vinyl finds among other music-related posts.
For more information, visit www.spoonfulrecords.blogspot.com.
All photos by Nen Lin Soo.
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