March 01, 2016

7 Record Stores Every St. Louis Music Lover Must Visit

Music can take you back to a different time and place, triggering memories you may not have even realized you had. But record stores take this dose of nostalgia to an entirely new level -- and we have seven amazing ones you can choose from in the St. Louis area. Whether you want to browse endlessly or hunt through a more compact collection, discover a new favorite LP or finally find that CD you've been searching for, these local treasures are the place to go. You're bound to find something you love.

Music can take you back to a different time and place, triggering memories you may not have even realized you had. But record stores take this dose of nostalgia to an entirely new level -- and we have seven amazing ones you can choose from in the St. Louis area. Whether you want to browse endlessly or hunt through a more compact collection, discover a new favorite LP or finally find that CD you've been searching for, these local treasures are the place to go. You're bound to find something you love.

03/01/2016
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Record Exchange
5320 Hampton Ave.
St. Louis, Mo. 63109
Back in the day, this building held a library. It still does host a library of sorts -- but rather than housing books, it houses records.
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Record Exchange
5320 Hampton Ave.
St. Louis, Mo. 63109

Back in the day, this building held a library. It still does host a library of sorts -- but rather than housing books, it houses records.
Record Exchange has more than 10,000 square feet of music and collectibles.
Harlan McCarthy
Record Exchange has more than 10,000 square feet of music and collectibles.
It's one of the largest vinyl collections in the country.
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It's one of the largest vinyl collections in the country.
The store has been selling music, movies and memorabilia since 1977 (same year RFT started...no big deal).
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The store has been selling music, movies and memorabilia since 1977 (same year RFT started...no big deal).
Customer Ireane Bauer looks over one of many, many records.
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Customer Ireane Bauer looks over one of many, many records.
Spend an afternoon basking in their large collection.
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Spend an afternoon basking in their large collection.
Owner Jean Haffner talks with a customer.
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Owner Jean Haffner talks with a customer.
In addition to the store, Haffner also founded the Record Exchange 247 Action Auction.
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In addition to the store, Haffner also founded the Record Exchange 247 Action Auction.
The continuous online music and video auction takes place around the clock, every day of the year.
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The continuous online music and video auction takes place around the clock, every day of the year.
You can find everything from rockability to New Wave to blues.
Harlan McCarthy
You can find everything from rockability to New Wave to blues.