A few decades ago, record shops were the place to hang out. Of course that era has long past, but there are some record stores that have thrived, even in the digital music age. DJs and music producers still use records and music heads often prefer the “non-perfect” sound of vinyl. Atlanta has several music stores that sell vinyl and Little Five Points has the highest concentration.
Wax ‘n’ Facts
Hours: Mon to Sat – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sun – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Wax’n’Facts is located in Little 5 Points and has been open since 1976. It sells new and used LP’s, CD, cassettes, DVD, posters, T-shirts, record players, needles and turntables. The motto here is “If you don’t see it, ask for it.” Wax ‘n’ Facts also has live performances and listening parties.
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Fantasyland Records - Buckhead
Hours: Mon to Sat – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Fantasyland Records has also been around since 1976, but is known more as Atlanta’s premier used record store. The inventory includes LPs and 45s and over 50,000 titles. Here you can buy, sell or trade to build your own record collection. Fantasyland Records carries titles from the 1950s to the present day. Be sure to check out the owner’s favorite section, “Strange & Bizarre” where you are apt to find just about anything. Celebrities are known to come by the shop when they are in Atlanta, and Chris Robinson and Eric Clapton have been sighted.
Hours: Mon to Sat – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun -12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Don’t let the name fool you—there is nothing criminal about Criminal Records. In addition to music in all forms, the shop carries movies, comic books, magazines and other fun things. Criminal Records supports a variety of Atlanta bands by selling their records. Another fun fact: the store supports Record Store Day, a day created in 2007 to support free standing stores that carry vinyl.
Hours: Sun – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Mon – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tues to Sat – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
If you are into all things jazz, then a trip to Decatur DC is necessary. Decatur CD does stand for Decatur Compact Disc, but the shop has so much more. Here music lovers will find records, DVDs and of course, new and used compact discs. If you love live music, don’t forget to visit the website where the shop lists live music shows around Atlanta. Decatur CD is also a big supporter of Record Store Day.
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Feed Your Head Music
Hours: Mon to Sat – 2 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Night owls love Feed Your Head Music because it stays open later than most of the other record stores in the area. While many of the stores start inventory in the 1950s, Feed Your Head Music has titles from as early as 1900. Record lovers will find three types of vinyl: 33, 45 and 78 in addition to 8 –tracks, cassettes, CDs and DVDs. Fun fact: you can listen to as many albums as you want for as long as you want in this store.
Alicia Edwards received her BS and MBA from Florida A & M University and her Associates Degree in Fashion Studies from Parsons School of Design in New York. She is a freelance writer in Atlanta covering fashion events, trends and interviewing style makers. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.