5 to Find: Old-school brick-and-mortar record shops
BY JENNIFER CHANCELLOR World Scene Writer
Thursday, January 17, 2013
1/17/13 at 3:34 AM
There's more to good music than the thin-skin of an mp3, downloaded to a cold digital music player and funneled through tiny earbuds. Tulsa offers a rich, unique experience of the good old-fashioned brick-and-mortar shopping experiences at many locally run and owned locations ranging from Jenks to Owasso. Buy new or used, trade, find top recommendations and rarities - and chat with a human store employee while doing it. Any of these store clerks could special order what you want if they don't have it in stock. Just ask. ... Ah, just like the good old days.
Vinyl Countdown: One of the newest on the scene of locally owned music shops, it proves that there's still a market for vinyl albums, old and new. This shop buys and sells music, as well as local crafts, and occasionally hosts live music by local bands.
318 E. 11th St.; 918-592-5477
Starship Records & Tapes: We'll go ahead and call this Tulsa's longest-running record store, in business since 1972. It offers hard-to-find music, band merchandise, local music and new and used CDs and vinyl.
1241 S. Lewis Ave.; 918-583-0638
Gardner's Used Books: It's more than Oklahoma's largest used bookstore. In 1991, the "shop" was opened out of a few boxes. Now it spans 23,000 square feet and includes used CDs, vinyl, tapes, live DVDs, musician memoirs, band biographies and so much more. Set aside a few hours and check out this store.
4421 S. Mingo Road; 918-627-7323
Size Records: Meet the Tulsie Town's newest arrival. Head inside of Bubble Boutique & Gifts for a peek into the little record store that could. They buy, sell, trade and find box sets, rare and unusual music to fit the most eclectic of tastes. It's a couple blocks west of Oz on 15th Street. If you recognize the name, that's because it's been around for a decade down the 'pike in Oklahoma City.
2619 E. 15th St.; 918-74-REBEL
Vintage Stock: Established in 1980, these compact stores offer just about everything music-geek related, including new and used CDs, vinyl, tees and posters.
Vintage Stock 1, 6808 S. Memorial Ave.; 918-254-8281
Vintage Stock 2, 5353 E. 41st St.; 918-665-1656
Vintage Stock Broken Arrow, 2409 W. Kenosha; 918-251-6162
Vintage Stock Jenks, 7257 S. Olympia Ave. West; 918-445-7008
Vintage Stock Owasso, 9045 N. 121st East Ave.; 918-274-0990
Dwelling Spaces: This locally owned shop features an array of local, Oklahoma and regional music and exclusive collectibles, from the Flaming Lips to JD McPherson and Broncho, on CD and vinyl. Stop in downtown and get a taste of what's happening in the local music scene.
119 S. Detroit Ave.; 918-582-1033
In Oklahoma City: 25 NW Ninth St.
Original Print Headline: 5 to Find: Old-school record shops
The street is reflected in the storefront of The Vinyl Countdown record store in downtown Tulsa. True music lovers can find brick-and-mortar satisfaction in many Tulsa-area stores. MICHAEL WYKE / Tulsa World file