After years of hearing stories about record stores closing, it seems the tide has turned and stores are popping up everywhere with increasing frequency. While Dallas lost two of its best spots in the past year, Groovenet and Dead Wax Records, there's no shortage of crate digging options in the area. Thanks to the recent opening of Retroplex Records and the multitude of Half Price Books locations, Dallas actually has more places to feed your vinyl habit than ever — and these 10 are the best.
10. Spinster Records
In the past few years, Spinster has become part of the fabric of Davis Street in Oak Cliff, not far from Bishop Arts. The shop regularly features shows with local talent and gives neighborhood residents a spot to shop for records. A friendly staff, modest selection and a generally great vibe makes Spinster a perfect spot to visit on your way to a show at The Kessler or any other happenings in Bishop Arts.
829 W. Davis St., Dallas, spinsterrecords.com
9. Off the Record
Off the Record has carved out quite a niche for itself in Deep Ellum. They are conveniently located next to Club Dada and a stone's throw from Trees and Three Links placing, in the midst of the live music epicenter of Dallas. With 20 different beers on tap, Off the Record is the perfect spot to grab a beer and some vinyl before or after a show. Off the Record has the smallest selection of vinyl on this list, but that section runs the gamut of new vinyl releases. Their section is curated by Good Records and is basically an extension of their back stock.
2716 Elm St., Dallas, facebook.com/OTRDallas
8. Half Price Books
Half Price Books is mostly known for books, as their name implies, but amongst their many locations spread out over North Texas they keep a healthy stock of used vinyl and CDs. While not the place you go for new releases, it's truly a crate digger’s delight. Their stock has a high turnover rate and is thoroughly picked over on a daily basis. With 20 locations in the area, you are never going to run out of Half Price Books spots to dig, no matter what part of the metroplex you live in.
Various locations, halfpricebooks.com
7. Mad World Records
Denton has a long-time reputation of being a music town, thanks to its college of music and a long list of well-respected musicians and bands to come from there. Denton also has a long history of going without a solid record store. Recycled Books has deep roots in Denton, but its focus is still on used records. Mad World has filled that void with a well-curated stock of new and used releases, and easily one of the best selections of punk in the area. With its prime location on the town square, it's the record store you'd hope to find in any decent-sized college town.
115 W. Hickory St., Denton, facebook.com/madworldrecords
6. Bill's Records
Bill’s has been around forever, so long that at this point it’s more of an institution than a record store. Bill Wisener has outlasted everyone in town and digging into his mountains of records has served as a rite of passage for many veteran vinyl collectors in Dallas. Even in an era when everyone has access to online vinyl shopping, Bill's has managed to maintain its often unpredictable no-price-tag pricing system. Sometimes that works in your favor and sometimes not as much. The shock and awe of the amount of music and music history within Bill's walls still makes it a must for any local record collector.
1317 S. Lamar St., Dallas, billsrecords.com