Ready to get groovy, Charleston? Record Store Day is just around the corner — Sat., April 23 to be exact — and we’re turning the tables on how you listen to music. From classic rock bands like The Beatles and Pink Floyd to iconic singers from various genres such as Bob Dylan + Marvin Gaye — there’s vinyl for just about everyone at these local music hubs.
Unplug the aux cord and dust off your dad’s old record player. We’ve rounded up five vibrant + homey record stores that are well-stocked and totally in tune with your musical needs. 🎵
Record Stop Charleston, 426 King St.
This family–owned spot has been offering new + used vinyl records, turntables, and other music accessories since 1974. Fun fact: The shop began as a chain on Long Island before opening in the Holy City. Browse over 3,000 new vinyl records or place an online order with same-day shipping.
Black Circle Records, 140 W. Richardson Ave., Summerville
Black Circle Records is actually a vinyl record vendor booth located inside Katie Mae’s. After just two years in the Lowcountry, the booth was nominated for Best Record Store in this year’s Best of Charleston 2022. Stop by to check out new vinyls each week.
Gray Cat Music, 1042-B E. Montague Ave., North Charleston
Gray Cat Music opened at its current location in February after setting up shop as a record booth in local marketplace The Station Park Circle. The shop offers select new + used vinyl, used CDs and cassette tapes, and band merch. Check out record cleaning tips and tricks from the experts.
Monster Music & Movies, 946 Orleans Rd.
Swing by this shop to check out limited edition pressings, unique reissues of past classics, and sundry rarities in celebration of Record Store Day. The shop will also be offering a storewide + sidewalk sale, plus food trucks.
Mr. K’s Used Books, Music and More, 5070 International Blvd., North Charleston
Mr. K’s offers a cash option for gently-used vinyl, unique books, comics, and collectibles if you’re looking to give your well-loved possession a new home. Swing by to browse new, old, and used records.