Record stores hold a special reverence for patrons. It's a feeling they get when they walk-in to be greeted by like minded music lovers. But it's about more than just the music. A choice is made when one chooses to enter the dark and musky corridors of their favorite record store versus opting for digital downloads, or going to commercial stores. Ask any of them and they'll probably tell you something different with a glimmer of personal adoration in their eyes. In Atlanta, there are a few neighborhood gems that deliver evergreen experiences that keeps locals coming back for years to come.
432 Moreland Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30307
Located in Atlanta's trendiest neighborhood, Little Five Points Wax n'Facts has been around since 1976. If you ask anyone at the counter about what keeps them as a local favorite record store in Atlanta, they'd tell you it's their huge collection of select jazz vinyls, classic rock and soul. From Motown favorites such as Diana Ross, jazz legends Herbie Hancock, or classic rock from the Pixies or Bob Dylan, they've got all the old goodies. However, if you're looking for new music they're not ashamed to admit that they may only have a select few albums that may interest you. Wax n'Facts knows their customer base and they've been serving them for 38 years strong.
1154 Euclid Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30307
When you walk the sidewalks of "Little Five Points" there are many reasons why you can't miss Criminal Records. The first reason of course is the huge sign above their building, and the second is the amazingly unique paintings done by artist Saleam Bey that pave the way towards their door step. Criminal Records is definitely more than just a record store. They have a variety of offerings for the distinct customer base that they serve. They're known for having the latest vinyl, and albums by popular musicians and bands. If you're looking for Imagine Dragons, Smoke + Mirror, or Iggy Azalea on vinyl, they have it. They also have a pretty awesome collection of comics and memorabilia. Criminal Records is also known for going big with an annual Record Store Day event filled with great door buster deals and live music performed by indie local favorites.
1131 Euclid Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30307
Mood Music is a record store that caters to the neo-soul, hip-hop, jazz and eclectic music lovers in Atlanta. They have a customer that even drives from Virginia three times a year just to peruse their collection of soulful R&B from England that he can't find any other place than Atlanta's Mood Music. From new school hip-hop to old R&B classics, they have what you're looking for. Customers can sit down on one of their comfy couches and inhale the scents of oils and incense, which they also have plenty for purchase. It's an inviting space for all to come and enjoy the smooth sounds or shop their aisles for apparel and jewelry.
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356 W. Ponce De Leon Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030
Decatur CD is located in the center of the popular Decatur Square district known for great restaurants and bars. The shop is fairly new to the area opening in 2003. What separates this record store from the other local favorites is the personal relationships that they have cultivated with their patrons. When asked one of their customers why she chooses to continue coming to Decatur CD she said it's about supporting local businesses that she wants to stay around. Decatur CD promises their customers a 24-hour turnaround on any vinyl or CD that they currently don't have in stock. Not to mention the awesome contests that they have every month. For February Black History Month, with any purchase customers can sign up to win a collection of Sam Cook albums, which includes 5 free albums in total. Decatur CD is a must stop destination if you're very in town.
360 Pharr Road N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30305
Atlanta's Buckhead has experienced huge changes over the years. From new high-rise condo developments to posh retail districts, yet what remains the same is the iconic record store Fantasyland Records. Fantasyland has been around since 1976, and its continued taking strong steps away from the ever changing bars and surrounding restaurants. They stock a great selection of vinyl, CDs, cassettes, and posters. Fantasyland Records also have a standout collection of what could be considered the city’s largest selection of classical music which is worth taking a look at for any Bach enthusiasts.
Marlena Turner is an Atlanta native and graduated from Georgia State University. With interests in technology, arts and music for the past three years, she has written articles published on Examiner.com and Axs.com regarding such topics. In her free time she enjoys video games and movies. Read more on Examiner.com.
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