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20 Woman-Owned Record Stores in the United States

Story by: Lisa Foster

I just got back from Denver, Colorado, where I picked up an eclectic mix from Wax TraxTwist and Shout, and Recollect. I had honestly forgotten how much fun it is to be a record store traveler. Record stores can tell us so much about a city — digging in them presents a perfect mix of anonymity and discovery.

When circulating those travel dollars, I always look to support businesses owned by women, as well as Black, indigenous people of color, and LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs. While Record Store Day has added these notations to many of its listed stores, finding a succinct guide to woman-owned record stores can be difficult.

Here’s a shortlist of woman-owned record stores across the United States. To be honest, there are so many stores that are now co-owned by women — Strictly Discs in Madison, Wisconsin; Record Archive in Rochester, New York; Vertical House in Huntsville, Alabama, for a few examples — that a comprehensive list is beyond the scope of one article. This list is a starting point. Have a favorite woman-owned store that’s not on the list? Introduce them to Discogs Community through the Forum.

These record stores made the cut because they have sole women ownership, save two important majority-owned exceptions. Each store has a primary focus on records and physical media. They are all independent brick-and-mortar shops that also have clear, up-to-date websites and social media accounts. Based on local reviews, each store is well respected by its community.

The stores range greatly in size, scope, and music focus. Several stores have been serving their communities since the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s. Some stores were opened by women who were not yet born when those youngest legacy shops first opened their doors. Many of them, like Stinkweeds, Sweat Records, and Red Zepplin, are also managed by women. Most stores have taken a Record Store Day pledge as well, so if you are without an RSD 2021 participant in your neighborhood, look to these women to help you find those limited releases.

Though they are not on this list, I absolutely applaud the creativity and ingenuity of women blending record stores with vintage clothing (Revolver Vintage Boutique, Moscow, ID), cafes (Mojo’s Records, Eureka Springs, AK), open concept retail (Hy-Phy Records, Albuquerque, NM), comics (Vinyl Fantasy Records and Comics, Brooklyn) and even mobile record shops (Hello Darlin’ Records).

Ready to get out there and dig while supporting women-owned record businesses? Then put one of these fine woman-owned stores on your destination list today — even if it’s from the comfort of your living room.

Brittanys Record Shop/Facebook

Brittany’s Record Shop

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
LocationCleveland, Ohio
OwnerBrittany Benton
WebsiteBrittany’s Record Shop
Curious Collections Vinyl Records and More
Curious Collections/Facebook

Curious Collections

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
LocationBryan, Texas
OwnerMary House
Directorycuriouscollections in Directory
MarketplaceCuriousCollections in Marketplace
Electric Fetus Record Store
Electric Fetus/Facebook

Electric Fetus

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
LocationMinneapolis, Minneapolis
OwnerStephanie Covart Meyerring (second-generation majority woman-owned since 2015)
Directoryelectricfetus in Directory
Marketplaceelectricfetus in Marketplace
Exile on Main Street Record Store
Exile on Main Street

Exile on Main Street

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
LocationBranford, Connecticut
OwnerPaula Kretikiewicz
WebsiteExile on Main Street
Habersham Records Record Store
Habersham Records/Facebook

Habersham Records

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
LocationMacon, Georgia
OwnerPhillis Habersham Malone
FacebookHabersham Records
Jesse Carl Vinyl Record Store
Jesse Carl Vinyl

Jesse Carl Vinyl

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
LocationLakeland, Florida
OwnerJessi Zilka
WebsiteJesse Carl Vinyl
Luna Record Shop Record Store
Luna Record Shop/Facebook

Luna Record Shop

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
LocationFranklin, Tennessee
OwnersBrenna Gentry and Calvert Gentry McMahan
Directorybadasslounge in Directory
Marketplacebadasslounge in Marketplace
Melusina Records Record Store
Melusina Records/Facebook

Melusina Records

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
LocationHermitage, Pennsylvania
OwnerMartina Holliday
FacebookMelusina Records
Directorymelusinarecords in Directory
Marketplacemelusinarecords in Marketplace
Mills Record Company Record Store
Mills Record Company

Mills Record Company

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
LocationKansas City, Missouri
OwnerJudith Mills
MarketplaceMillsRecordCompany in Marketplace
Peaches Records Store
Peaches Records

Peaches Records Store

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
LocationNew Orleans, Louisiana
OwnerShirani Rea
WebsitePeaches Records Store
Pop Shop Records Record Store
Pop Shop Records/Facebook

Pop Shop Records

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
LocationBaton Rouge, Louisiana
Majority OwnerCharlotte Smith
WebsitePop Shop Records
The Record Lounge Record Store
The Record Lounge/Facebook

The Record Lounge

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
LocationLansing, Michigan
OwnerHeather Frarey
WebsiteThe Record Lounge

Records with Merritt

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
LocationKansas City, Missouri
OwnersMarion Merritt and Ann Stewart
WebsiteRecords with Merritt
Red Zeppelin Records Record Store
Red Zeppelin Records/Facebook

Red Zeppelin Records

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
LocationMcKinney, Texas
OwnerKatie Scott
Directoryredzeppelinrecords in Directory
Marketplaceredzeppelinrecords in Marketplace
Serious Sounds Record Store Houston
Serious Sounds/Facebook

Serious Sounds

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
LocationHouston, Texas
OwnerMarketta Rodriguez
WebsiteSerious Sounds
Sisters of Sound Record Store
Sisters of Sound Records/Facebook

Sisters of Sound Records

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
LocationManhattan, Kansas
OwnersSarah and Leah Cunnick
Directorysistersofsound in Directory
Marketplacesistersofsound in Marketplace

Sonidos Music Shop

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
LocationBeltville, Maryland
OwnerClaudia Mendiola-Durán
WebsiteSonidos Music Shop
Sound Off Records and Hi-Fi Record Store
Sound Off/Facebook

Sound Off Records and Hi-Fi

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
LocationRaleigh, North Carolina
OwnerAnna Cassano
Directorysoundoffraleigh in Directory
Marketplacesoundoffraleigh in Marketplace
Stinkweeds Records Record Store
Stinkweeds Records/Facebook

Stinkweeds Records

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
LocationPhoenix, Arizona
OwnerKimber Lanning
MarketplaceStinkweedsRecords in Marketplace
Sweat Records Record Store
Sweat Records/Instagram

Sweat Records

Store DetailsWhere to Find Them
LocationMiami, Florida
Co-ownersLolo Reskin and Emile Milgrim
Directorysweatrecords in Directory
MarketplaceSweatRecords in Marketplace