Best Place to Buy Vinyl - 2005
For many record stores, stocking the outdated, oversize vinyl format is almost an afterthought, an area of the store where forgotten new-wave bands and surplus Fleetwood Mac albums go to gather dust. Euclid Records, on the other hand, lovingly devotes an entire room to the platters -- arranged with so much care that each individual Beatles album earns its own unique partition within a section. But the spacious racks of vinyl aren't this store's sole attraction. Take a gander at the vast amount of genres -- encompassing standbys like jazz and rock, but also specialty categories such as kids and Cajun/zydeco -- and the attention to detail (e.g., an abundance of 180-gram, heavy-duty vinyl, the format of choice for discerning audiophiles). And finally, consider the care the staff takes to ensure the vinyl you buy is in pristine shape. In oh, so many ways, Euclid Records is this town's best destination for collectors and casual browsers alike.