By Ali Bartlett
Nashville is a city with a never ending abundance of record stores. From new to used, every size, any decade, you have an option. I've been collecting vinyl since I was about 16, and I started my collection back home in Atlanta. In my hometown, there was only one record store within a 20 mile radius, and it had super weird hours and a very limited selection. When I moved up here, I was so psyched that I had what seemed like limitless access to records. There's way too many to rank 'em all (I don't think I've even been to all of them), but here are some of my go-to's!
Grimey's is the first record store I visited in Nashville. It's super homey and the staff is really cool and knowledgable. I can usually find anything I'm looking for here, and if not they'll kindly order it for you! Grimey's Too is also awesome for used records or even finding a good book! AND Frothy Monkey has a store inside the building, which makes Grimey's Too the ultimate chill spot to listen to some music, drink coffee and feed your record collecting addiction.
2. THIRD MAN RECORDS
Do I like Third Man just because I'm obsessed with everything Jack White touches? Yep. But I'm cool with that. Jack has a select roster of artists on his label, so if you're looking for a large selection of artists, this really isn't the place for you. However, it's a super cool place and you can even make your own record! You may even find an old record by our very own Secret Sisters there. Definitely recommend checking it out.
3. FOND OBJECT
I actually just visited Fond Object for the first time a few weeks ago. It's a cool, vintage shop located in East Nashville that sells not only records but retro clothes, furniture, and memorabilia! This store has a unique vibe. You may never know what you might come walking out of Fond Object with!
4. VINYL TAP
I mean ... what goes better together than records and beer? This place is genius and also a really fun time! They have a pretty wide selection of records and have a lot of seating to hang out with friends, chill, drink, and listen to some good music! If you're looking for something different to do one night, try Vinyl Tap.