30 essential Detroit area record stores to support to keep the music alive

Keep music alive by supporting these local, legendary, and thriving Detroit-area record stores, which keep the inspiration spinning all year long.

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30 essential Detroit area record stores to support to keep the music alive
Village Vinyl
5972 Chicago Rd., Warren; 586-838-4992; facebook.com/villagevinylrecords
The old adage suggesting that size matters doesn't apply to Village Vinyl in Warren. As a heavy-hitter in the metro Detroit record store landscape, Village Vinyl packs a lot into a little spot — and the store's selection of merch is pretty cool, too.
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Village Vinyl

5972 Chicago Rd., Warren; 586-838-4992; facebook.com/villagevinylrecords

The old adage suggesting that size matters doesn't apply to Village Vinyl in Warren. As a heavy-hitter in the metro Detroit record store landscape, Village Vinyl packs a lot into a little spot — and the store's selection of merch is pretty cool, too.

Photo via Village Vinyl/Facebook
Street Corner Music
26020 Greenfield Rd., Oak Park; 248-967-0777; streetcornermusic.com
From Isaac Hayes to Greta Van Fleet to rare David Bowie promos and Prince picture discs, this humble Oak Park favorite (and neighbor to indie bookstore Book Beat) is suited for vinyl lovers old and new and for anyone looking for that '90s-style record store experience.
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Street Corner Music

26020 Greenfield Rd., Oak Park; 248-967-0777; streetcornermusic.com

From Isaac Hayes to Greta Van Fleet to rare David Bowie promos and Prince picture discs, this humble Oak Park favorite (and neighbor to indie bookstore Book Beat) is suited for vinyl lovers old and new and for anyone looking for that '90s-style record store experience.

Photo via Street Corner Music / Facebook
Trax 'N Wax
26535 Harper Ave., St. Clair Shores; 586-218-8188; facebook.com/traxnwaxstore
Formerly a mainstay within the Gibraltar Trade Center in Mount Clemens, Trax 'N Wax moved into this St. Clair Shores spot when Gibraltar shuttered in 2017. Trax 'N Wax has amassed an impressive collection of reasonably priced records for the casual vinyl lover, as well as CDs, DVDs, and games.
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Trax 'N Wax

26535 Harper Ave., St. Clair Shores; 586-218-8188; facebook.com/traxnwaxstore

Formerly a mainstay within the Gibraltar Trade Center in Mount Clemens, Trax 'N Wax moved into this St. Clair Shores spot when Gibraltar shuttered in 2017. Trax 'N Wax has amassed an impressive collection of reasonably priced records for the casual vinyl lover, as well as CDs, DVDs, and games.

Photo via Trax ‘N’ Wax/ Facebook
Solo Records
30118 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak; 248-549-0581; facebook.com/Solo-Records-147339023682
Opened in 1982 by jazz drummer Dan Levitt and his daughter, Solo Records has been serving the metro Detroit community with its extensive collection of vinyl records, CDs, cassettes, DVDs, reel-to-reel tapes, and 8 tracks, spanning all genres. 
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Solo Records

30118 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak; 248-549-0581; facebook.com/Solo-Records-147339023682

Opened in 1982 by jazz drummer Dan Levitt and his daughter, Solo Records has been serving the metro Detroit community with its extensive collection of vinyl records, CDs, cassettes, DVDs, reel-to-reel tapes, and 8 tracks, spanning all genres.

Photo via Solo Records/Facebook
UHF
512 S. Washington Ave., Royal Oak; 248-545-5955; uhfrecords.com
Offering new and used LPs, CDs, and DVDs, as well as books, magazines, and vintage turntables and receivers, UHF shares a wall with beloved vintage clothing boutique Lost & Found.
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UHF

512 S. Washington Ave., Royal Oak; 248-545-5955; uhfrecords.com

Offering new and used LPs, CDs, and DVDs, as well as books, magazines, and vintage turntables and receivers, UHF shares a wall with beloved vintage clothing boutique Lost & Found.

Photo via UHF Records/ Facebook
Encore Records
208 N. Fourth Ave, Ann Arbor; 734-662-6776; encorerecordsa2.com
Located on the main drag of Ann Arbor's university district, Encore Records has a floor-to-ceiling selection sure to please professors of rock, students of jazz, and everyone in between.
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Encore Records

208 N. Fourth Ave, Ann Arbor; 734-662-6776; encorerecordsa2.com

Located on the main drag of Ann Arbor's university district, Encore Records has a floor-to-ceiling selection sure to please professors of rock, students of jazz, and everyone in between.

Photo via Encore Records/ Facebook
Dearborn Music
22501 Michigan Ave., Dearborn; 313-561-1000; dearbornmusic.net
Dearborn Music has been serving up miles and piles of vinyl (stocking over 50,000 titles across LPs, CDs, and DVDs) since 1956, and has been voted by Metro Times readers as the best record store in Wayne County year after year.
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Dearborn Music

22501 Michigan Ave., Dearborn; 313-561-1000; dearbornmusic.net

Dearborn Music has been serving up miles and piles of vinyl (stocking over 50,000 titles across LPs, CDs, and DVDs) since 1956, and has been voted by Metro Times readers as the best record store in Wayne County year after year.

Photo via Dearborn Music / Facebook
Dearborn Music - Farmington
33025 Grand River Ave., Farmington; 248-516-3898; dearbornmusic.net 
Dearborn Music expanded to downtown Farmington, opening its doors in September 2021 inside a former Dress Barn. Like its original Dearborn location, it stocks plenty of LPs and CDs, as well as plenty of band T-shirts, posters, record players, and other memorabilia.
Photo by Lee DeVito

Dearborn Music - Farmington

33025 Grand River Ave., Farmington; 248-516-3898; dearbornmusic.net

Dearborn Music expanded to downtown Farmington, opening its doors in September 2021 inside a former Dress Barn. Like its original Dearborn location, it stocks plenty of LPs and CDs, as well as plenty of band T-shirts, posters, record players, and other memorabilia.

Photo by Lee DeVito
Third Man Records
441 W. Canfield St., Detroit; 313-209-5205; thirdmanrecords.com
Third Man Records isn't your typical record store — and that makes sense, because its founder, Jack White, is far from your typical dude. The former White Stripes leader and man of many bands first launched the record label in 2001 to release his own music, and then opened its Cass Corridor storefront and record pressing plant in 2015. While White himself has a hand in many of the records sold here (expect plenty of material from acts like the White Stripes, Raconteurs, Dead Weather, and solo releases — all packaged in the TMR's candy-colored aesthetic), the label has also reissued White-approved oldies from labels like Tamla, Sun, and Chess.
Photo by Kelley O’Neill

Third Man Records

441 W. Canfield St., Detroit; 313-209-5205; thirdmanrecords.com

Third Man Records isn't your typical record store — and that makes sense, because its founder, Jack White, is far from your typical dude. The former White Stripes leader and man of many bands first launched the record label in 2001 to release his own music, and then opened its Cass Corridor storefront and record pressing plant in 2015. While White himself has a hand in many of the records sold here (expect plenty of material from acts like the White Stripes, Raconteurs, Dead Weather, and solo releases — all packaged in the TMR's candy-colored aesthetic), the label has also reissued White-approved oldies from labels like Tamla, Sun, and Chess.

Photo by Kelley O’Neill