These Michigan record stores are still thriving in the age of digital music 

click to enlarge Eastpointe’s Melodies & Memories.

Steve Neavling

Eastpointe’s Melodies & Memories.

Vinyl has gone in and out of vogue so many times that to say records are back would sound like, well, a broken record. However, in recent years there's no denying it — records are here to stay. Whether you're a metro Detroit native with a newfound obsession with records (thanks, Urban Outfitters) or an out-of-towner scouring the country for original pressings and rare finds, these local shops keep our music world spinning.

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.

Electric Crown Records

5225 S. Saginaw Rd., Flint; 810-293-1727; electric-crown-records.business.site

The new kids on the record store block, Electric Crown Records is the latest to service Genesee County vinyl connoisseurs. Having opened its doors in 2017, it's already garnered a reputation for being well-organized and housing some hard-to-find gems.

Encore Records

417 E. Liberty St., 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 to appease professors and students alike.

Flat Black & Circular

541 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing; 517-351-0838; flatblackandcircular.com

Since 1977, Flat Black & Circular has served East Lansing's crate diggers with their bargain-priced selection. Owner-operated FB&C allows visitors to listen before they buy because any vinyl lover knows that no two records are created equal.

Flipside Records

41 E. 14 Mile Rd., Clawson; 248-585-4090; shopflipsiderecords.com

Two words: Shop. Pups. OK — so the Clawson shop has a lot more to offer than resident shop pups Seaumus and Mira. After it started selling records independently in 1980, Flipside Records got the storefront treatment and quickly expanded to offer T-shirts and other collectibles.

Found Sound

234 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-565-8775; foundsoundvinyl.tumblr.com

This spacious record trove is located on the main drag of fabulous Ferndale. Not unlike the record stores from our '90s-loving dreams, Found Sound boasts an impressive selection of 45s, as well as an extensive music-related book collection.

Hello Records

1459 Bagley St., Detroit; 313-300-5654; hellorecordsdetroit.com

Hellooo, Hello Records! A true embodiment of the neighborhood shop, Corktown's Hello Records covers all genres, sizes, and speeds, and carries music as early as the 1940s through the 2000s.

Melodies & Memories

23013 Gratiot Ave., Eastpointe; 586-774-8480

A visit to Eastpointe's Melodies & Memories should come with a warning: Time is but a construct when entering this family-owned music museum. Since 1988, Melodies & Memories has been on the map for having over 150,000 records in stock. They also made headlines twice in 2018: Once for selling the rarest 45 in the world, a copy of Frank Wilson's 1965 soul song "Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)" to rock star Jack White, and again for scoring a rare test pressing of Aretha Franklin's 1967 hit "Respect" just before the singer's death — which they later loaned to the Detroit Historical Museum.

People's Records

1464 Gratiot Ave., Detroit; 313-831-0864; peoplesdetroit.com

Located inside Trinosophes Cafe, Peoples is a haven for blues, jazz, soul, and Motown collectors, as well as historical pressings from local acts across all genres.

Record Graveyard

2610 Carpenter St., Hamtramck; 313-870-9647

Don't let the name fool you. Hamtramck's Record Graveyard is alive and flush with soul — and plenty of jazz, blues, Motown, and Polka.

Ripe Records

15212 Charlevoix St., Grosse Pointe Park; 313-469-7479; riperecordsdetroit.com

Husband-and-wife-owned and -operated Ripe Records was established in 2018, and has already amassed a following thanks to its selection of new vinyl and collection of players, stereos, and receivers.

Slick Disc Music

1625 West Rd., Trenton; -734-692-1881

Mom-and-son-owned since 1988, this tiny Downriver spot is stacked with new and used, as well as a wide array of apparel and accessories.

Stormy Records

13306 Michigan Ave., Dearborn; 313-581-9322; stormyrecords.com

No frills and no hipster B.S. — Stormy Records is an eclectic, yet refined destination.

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.

Submerge

3000 E. Grand Blvd., Detroit; submerge.com; visitation by appointment only, contact mailorder@submerge.com to set up an appointment during regular business hours

You know it's serious when it's appointment-only. This destination record spot — housed in an unassuming former UAW hall not far from the Motown Museum — is HQ to the legendary techno collective Underground Resistance. It also houses "Exhibition 3000," the world's only museum dedicated to Detroit techno.

Third Man Records

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

Third Man Records is not 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 his bands 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.

Trax 'N Wax

26535 Harper Ave., St. Clair Shores; 586-218-8188

Formally 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. Reasonably priced vinyl for the casual vinyl lover, Trax 'N Wax has amassed an impressive collection of CDs, DVDs, and games.

UHF

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

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.

Underground Sounds

255 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor; 734-327-9239; store.ugsounds.com

Once That Total Age in Ypsilanti and then Vinyl Joe's, the folks behind Underground Sounds cater to seekers of fresh, plastic-wrapped vinyl. That's right — new release vinyl and compact discs are their specialty and are sold below list price.

Village Vinyl

5972 Chicago Rd., Warren; 586-838-4992

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

Wazoo Records

336 S. State St., Ann Arbor; 734-761-8686; wazoorecords.blogspot.com

Carrying everything from the sublime to the ridiculous, the tidy Ann Arbor spot has been doing its thing since 1974. Don't want to leave the house? Wazoo Records' collection can be shopped online.

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