Older generations can remember when music wasn’t available on a CD. There were cassette tapes and 8-track tapes at one time and before that, there were records. Record Store Day is April 18 and it’s a time to celebrate this original form of music recording. Reminisce about the turntable you owned as a kid and remember the thrill of going to a record store to purchase the latest vinyl from the popular artists of the day. Here in Houston, record fans can relive the past at these top record stores.
Cactus Music
2110 Portsmouth St.
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 526-9272

Your first stop for music and related merchandise, Cactus Music carries vinyl records, CDs, books, T-shirts, and posters. It’s one of a handful of places in the city that sells turntables and the store even has a stage for live performances. A visit to Cactus Music is great for those who want to add records to their collection and the selection of musical artists is one of the best in the city. It’s a great place to expose your nostalgic side as your search for that prized vinyl.

Vinal Edge
239 West 19th St.
Houston, TX 77008
(281) 537-2575

Located in the Houston Heights area, Vinal Edge Records is a large music store with thousands of records and CDs from a wide range of musical artists. Vinal Edge sells both new and used CDs and records. Fans of this store brag about its ability to come through with precisely the musical artist they want at a fair price. Vinal Records is one of the few music stores that sells used cassette tapes and it’s the type of music store that brings out the child in everyone thanks to its wide selection and friendly atmosphere.

Black Dog Records
4902 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77401
(713) 522-6001

A visit to Black Dog Records is like a return to yesteryear. Its organized record display is just like those of record stores from the past and those who come to browse are certain to find a record or two of their liking. Black Dog Records, like its name indicates, specializes in heavy metal music but every music style is represented. It’s a great place to visit when you want to reminisce about the music of the past and find a souvenir record to take home.

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Heights Vinyl
3122 White Oak Dr.
Houston, TX 77007
(281) 974-1234

Heights Vinyl is one of Houston’s newer record stores. Opened in 2011, it has quickly grown to become one of the area’s most beloved places to track down vinyl records. Heights Vinyl also sells turntable accessories and the dedicated staff will even help customers with minor turntable repairs. Heights Vinyl specializes in jazz and blues music and it’s the perfect place to find these types of music on vinyl. Head to Heights Vinyl and enjoy the comfort and service that has made this store so popular with its fans.

Sweet Spot Audio And Records
16868 TX-3
Webster, TX 77598
(281) 338-7768

A short drive south to the Houston suburb of Webster will bring you to Sweet Spot Audio and Records. Once you get there, it may be difficult convincing yourself to leave. Sweet Spot Audio and Records has a broad range of music and features artists from both the past and present. Besides shopping for records, guests will also love the brand name audio equipment, including turntables, speakers, headphones and more. The record selection is great and the members of the helpful and knowledgeable staff are ready to answer your questions and help you find exactly what you need.

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