The 9 Best Places to Buy Vinyl in Houston

Nothing beats nostalgia from scoring a rare cut on wax and dancing around the living room in a 1970s fantasy. Vinyl is now coming back as a popular format for listening to music. The MRC’s year-end annual music data indicated that physical formats dominated in 2021, with CD sales eclipsing vinyl. Whether you’re looking for new releases, looking to sell, or looking for a limited edition, here’s your guide to Houston vinyl destinations:

cactus music

There’s no conversation about vinyl stores in Houston without Cactus Music. It’s Houston’s oldest independent music store and has offered a wide range of records, musical ephemera and more for nearly 50 years. He won the Houston Press Critics’ Choice Award for “Best Record Store” last year.

cactus music is located at 2110 Portsmouth and is open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun, 12 p.m.-6 p.m.

Edge of Vinal

Since 1985, Vinal Edge has provided The Heights with a selection of top notch vintage records in the city. The store’s collection contains over 100,000 titles from all musical genres, including jazz, classic rock, country, electronic and more. In addition to the huge vinyl inventory, the shop offers a selection of DVDs, posters, books and small items.

Edge of Vinal is located at 239 W 19th St. and is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Memo’s Record Store

Memo’s is the destination for all things Latin music. Founded by famed producer and artist Guillermo “Memo” Villarreal in 1968, and located in the East End, the shop has a collection of Diaspora classics. Stop to browse the photography-filled walls and buy hits of Tejano, salsa and merengue alongside a collection of films.

Memo’s Record Store is located at 703 75th St. and is open Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Sweet Spot Audio and recordings

Founded in 2012 and based in Clear Lake, Sweet Spot is the perfect place for music lovers who live outside of the I-10 loop. The shop focuses on vintage vinyl and houses a selection of new releases. If you need new or slightly used audio gear, Sweet Spot also has turntables, amps, headphones, and other essentials. Are you looking for a rare title? Super friendly staff will help you find it.

Sweet Spot Audio and recordings is located at 16960 TX-3, Webster, TX and is open Wednesday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mo’ Better Brews

Coffee, music and vegan cuisine collide at Mo Better Brews in the Museum Quarter. The vinyl shop is curated by DJ and ethnomusicologist Flash Gordon Parks and features a selection of rare Houston records and black music ephemera.

Mo’ Better Brews is located at 1201 Southmore Blvd and is open Tuesday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sound Revolution

Sound Revolution is for real rock stars. Part skate shop, part smokehouse, part record store, it’s a Northwest Houston family staple with locations in Cypress and Tomball. Sound Revolution also offers a huge online catalog for virtual buyers.

Sound Revolution is located at 1312 Cypress Creek Pkwy and 21153 Tomball Pkwy and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sat, 10am-9pm; Sun, 11am-7pm.

Sig’s Lagoon Record Store

Right in the heart of Mid Main, this shop was founded by writer Sigman Byrd and inspired by his 1955 book “Sig Byrd’s Houston.” Sig’s Lagoon is filled with vinyl on two floors for easy navigation of records. You will also find unusual objects, trinkets and vinyls with a local touch.

The lagoon of Sig is located at 3622 Main St Ste E. and is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sun, 12 p.m.-6 p.m.

sound exchange

Another of Houston’s oldest record stores is located in Second Ward. sound exchange moved from Montrose to its new spot in the East End in 2018 and is still a hot spot for in-store live performances and great vinyl.

sound exchange is located at 101 N Milby St #3 and is open Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Juice Country

Juiceland isn’t just a juice hotspot, but the store’s Westheimer location is another vinyl store in Montrose. Pop in to browse the store’s small but mighty selection of new releases and vintage records.

Juice Country is located at 1340 Westheimer Rd and is open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sun, 8am-8pm.

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