When you ask about record shops in Hampton Roads, everyone has their own favorite. Whether it’s because of the friendly store pet, chillable atmosphere with comfy seating, talkative owner who shares the same music philosophies as you, or the spot you found that one, great record you cherish, one place holds a spot in each vinyl lover’s hearts.
For releases new and old, genres classic and obscure, here are the ones the 757’s community of wax addicts seemed to like the best, worth a dig on a Saturday afternoon.
Address: Linkhorn Shoppes, 958 Laskin Rd, Virginia Beach
Phone: (757) 963-6363
With a recently expanded showroom that’s three times the size of when the shop opened 5 years ago, this shop is a great one-stop shop for all equipment and any record new or old. Genre-based rooms are well organized and easy to navigate, with a wide selection of used records and bargain bins. Their showroom includes a plethora of equipment where you can build an entire setup. Vinyl Daze welcomes you to not only shop at their store, but offers a music experience. Post up on comfy couches and cruise the free Wi-Fi as you do a test-spin on pre-enjoyed vinyl before you buy. Teaming up with Eurasia Cafe to offer free breakfast, this spot is a great destination for Record Store Day in April.
Address: Chic’s Beach Shopping Center, 4801 Shore Dr, Virginia Beach
Phone: (757) 962-1996
Don’t let the name fool you, this book shop has more to offer with over 10,000 records. The 5 year old store has great everyday sales on books and vinyl, along with complimentary tea. When you buy a new item, any used is 25% off, and the buy-2-get-1-free comics and graphic novels is a deal I use frequently. A constant stream of new vinyl releases is outlined weekly on the store’s website page, with owner-slash-giant teddybear John Brittell gleefully and passionately discussing each one. The store holds contests for shows and merch constantly, and offers great raffles and free breakfast for Record Store Day.
Address: 431 W 22nd St, Norfolk
Phone: (757) 622-2241
This veteran record store is mecca for punk rockers and metalheads. Opened in 1987, owner Steve Athey has seen the industry fall and rise again. He’s always behind the counter, watching over his sanctuary along with his pug, the unofficial store mascot. Tough on the outside, Athey has been known to help fellow vinyl lovers fix their equipment for free. He’ll gladly strike up a conversation about the local scene and rock ‘n roll. Regardless, the store offers great new alt rock releases and a huge used LP and singles selection with genres ranging from jazz to folk back to classic rock. Along with lots of records, the store offers unique music apparel from patches and lapel pins to tapestries and t-shirts.
Address: Providence Square, 951 Providence Rd, Virginia Beach
Phone: (757) 495-0961
Opened by music mogul Frank Guida in the 1960s, this shop is the longest continually running one in Hampton Roads. It’s been family owned for 40 years and is now run by a dependable and helpful staff. They takes the time to recognize customers and their taste, guiding them to what they’re looking for and more. Specific sales members specialize in all types of genre, from trip-hop to jazz to classic rock. For any lazy vinyl lovers in Norfolk who don’t want to make the trek to Virginia Beach, the shop offers a free delivery service to Ghent. They have the biggest selection of 12” records in the state, and have good discounts on rare finds.
Address: 401 Granby St, Norfolk, VA
Phone: (757) 622-4523
Originally opened in 1949, The Groove record store was recently revived in 2014. The shop was a haven for who’s-who of DJ nation, with famous faces like Dick Clark and Chuck Berry making appearances, until 1961 when a fire forced it’s doors shut. Since then, the intimate shop offers a small but plentiful selections of new and used records from all genres, from hip hop to jazz, modern indie to classic rock. While you might not find what you’re looking for, the shops size reduces anxieties and encourages you to sort through their entire selection, giving you a better chance to find something you weren’t coming for. The staff is immersed in the local music scene, and can probably tell you what shows to go to in Norfolk this weekend at checkout. Along with high-end equipment, $1 used record cleanings (first one on them), and an owner who’s been in the business for over 35 years, this store is essential for audiophiles.
Address: 10117 Jefferson Ave, Newport News
Starting as a flea market in 1985, this rock and roll gift shop is certainly the most unique on the list. You can find everything from tarot cards to swords, smoking accessories to tapestries here. With only about 3,000 records, these oddities and massive CD collection make up for their comparable lack of wax. Local and national acts have been known to play at the store, and the shop heavily highlight the underground rock scene. From posting gig flyers to rotating local acts on the store’s playlist, Fantasy has the greatest respect for our own music scene.
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