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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-Cleveland-Ohio
Brittanys Record Shop/Facebook

Brittany’s Record Shop

LocationCleveland, Ohio
OwnerBrittany Benton
Established2018
Websitehttps://brittanysrecordshop.com/
Curious Collections Vinyl Records and More
Curious Collections/Facebook

Curious Collections

LocationBryan, Texas
OwnerMary House
Established2016
Websitehttps://curiouscollectionstx.com/
MarketplaceCuriousCollections
Directorycuriouscollections
Electric Fetus Record Store
Electric Fetus/Facebook

Electric Fetus

LocationMinneapolis, Minneapolis
OwnerStephanie Covart Meyerring (Second-Generation Majority Woman-Owned Since 2015)
Established1968
Websitehttps://electricfetus.com/
Marketplaceelectricfetus
Directoryelectricfetus
Exile on Main Street Record Store
Exile on Main Street

Exile on Main Street

LocationBranford, Connecticut
OwnerPaula Kretikiewicz
Established1993
Websitehttps://exileonmain.com/
Habersham Records Record Store
Habersham Records/Facebook

Habersham Records

LocationMacon, Georgia
OwnerPhillis Habersham Malone
Established1971
FacebookHabersham Records
Jesse Carl Vinyl Record Store
Jesse Carl Vinyl

Jesse Carl Vinyl

LocationLakeland, Florida
OwnerJessi Zilka
Established2015
Websitehttps://www.jessecarlvinyl.com/
Luna Record Shop Record Store
Luna Record Shop/Facebook

Luna Record Shop

LocationFranklin, Tennessee
OwnersBrenna Gentry and Calvert Gentry McMahan
Established2015
Websitehttps://lunarecordshop.com/
Marketplacebadasslounge
Directorybadasslounge
Melusina Records Record Store
Melusina Records/Facebook

Melusina Records

LocationHermitage, Pennsylvania
OwnerMartina Holliday
FacebookMelusina Records
Marketplacemelusinarecords
Directorymelusinarecords
Mills Record Company Record Store
Mills Record Company

Mills Record Company

LocationKansas City, Missouri
OwnerJudith Mills
Established2013
Websitehttps://millsrecordcompany.com/
MarketplaceMillsRecordCompany
Peaches Records Store
Peaches Records

Peaches Records Store

LocationNew Orleans, Louisiana
OwnerShirani Rea
Established1975
Websitehttps://www.peachesrecordsandtapes.com/
Pop Shop Records Record Store
Pop Shop Records/Facebook

Pop Shop Records

LocationBaton Rouge, Louisiana
Majority OwnerCharlotte Smith
Established2018
Websitehttps://www.popshopbr.com/
MarketplaceName
The Record Lounge Record Store
The Record Lounge/Facebook

The Record Lounge

LocationLansing, Michigan
OwnerHeather Frarey
Established2008
Websitehttps://www.therecordloungereotown.com/

Records with Merritt

LocationKansas City, Missouri
OwnersMarion Merritt and Ann Stewart
Established2014
Websitehttps://recordswithmerritt.com/
Red Zeppelin Records Record Store
Red Zeppelin Records/Facebook

Red Zeppelin Records

LocationMcKinney, Texas
OwnerKatie Scott
Established2020
WebsiteLink
Marketplaceredzeppelinrecords
Directoryredzeppelinrecords
Serious Sounds Record Store Houston
Serious Sounds/Facebook

Serious Sounds

LocationHouston, Texas
OwnerMarketta Rodriguez
Established1991
Websitehttps://serioussoundsetc.com/
Sisters of Sound Record Store
Sisters of Sound Records/Facebook

Sisters of Sound Records

LocationManhattan, Kansas
OwnersSarah and Leah Cunnick
Established2004
Marketplacesistersofsound
Directorysistersofsound

Sonidos Music Shop

LocationBeltville, Maryland
OwnerClaudia Mendiola-Durán
Established2019
Websitehttps://www.sonidosmusicshop.com/
Sound Off Records and Hi-Fi Record Store
Sound Off/Facebook

Sound Off Records and Hi-Fi

LocationRaleigh, North Carolina
OwnerAnna Cassano
Established2016
Websitehttps://www.soundoffrecords.com/
Marketplacesoundoffraleigh
Directorysoundoffraleigh
Stinkweeds Records Record Store
Stinkweeds Records/Facebook

Stinkweeds Records

LocationPhoenix, Arizona
OwnerKimber Lanning
Established1987
Websitehttps://www.stinkweeds.com/
MarketplaceStinkweedsRecords
Sweat Records Record Store
Sweat Records/Instagram

Sweat Records

LocationMiami, Florida
Co-ownersLolo Reskin and Emile Milgrim
Established2005
Websitehttps://sweatrecordsmiami.com/
MarketplaceSweatRecords
Directorysweatrecords

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