Vinyl is back! In 2018, almost 10 million vinyl records were sold in the United States. With 2018’s double-digit sales growth, according to The Verge, the vinyl revival continues.

Grand Rapids alone has plenty of places to buy new and used vinyl records and turntables to play those records.

You can find more than 26,000 new records and around 10,000 used records at Vertigo Music.
Vertigo Music

You can find more than 26,000 new records and around 10,000 used records at Vertigo Music.

Photo Credit: Experience Grand Rapids


Vertigo Music

129 Division Ave S, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Located downtown, Vertigo Music offers one of the largest selections of new vinyl records in the area. Vertigo Music carries more than 26,000 new records, all of them priced cheaper than typical market price. Some of the most popular genres of records Vertigo sells are metal, punk, hip-hop, jazz, folk, and indie.

Vertigo Music buys and sells used vinyl as well, with more than 10,000 used titles in stock. In addition to records, Vertigo also sells new turntables, CDs, DVDs, cassettes, shirts, patches, posters, and more.

In addition to vinyl records, Corner Record Shop also sells equipment such as record players, replacement needles, and speakers.
Equipment at Corner Record Shop

In addition to vinyl records, Corner Record Shop also sells equipment such as record players, replacement needles, and speakers.

Photo Credit: Brian Craig for Experience Grand Rapids


The Corner Record Shop

2928, 3562 Chicago Dr. SW, Grandville, MI 49418

The Corner Record Shop carries a massive selection of used records. “Tens and tens of thousands,” was the best estimate an employee could give regarding the number of records for sale.

In addition to standard size 33 RPM records, The Corner Record Shop has more than 50,000 45 RPMs for sale. Budget-conscious collectors will find thousands of $1 records in the back of the store. Some of the most popular genres of music they have for sale are rock, jazz, R&B, and blues.

The Corner Record Shop also sells record players, replacement needles, receivers, and speakers allowing people to purchase a complete setup and start a record collection, all at once. The Corner Record Shop also repairs used turntables.

Dodds’ selection covers all genres of albums from the 1930s to the ‘90s.
Dodds Record Shop exterior

Dodds’ selection covers all genres of albums from the 1930s to the ‘90s.

Photo Credit: Brian Craig for Experience Grand Rapids


Dodds Record Shop

808 Bridge St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

“Dodds is more than a record shop. It’s a museum of music and the history of pop culture,” owner Reverend Charles proudly states. Dodds opened in 1937, making it the oldest record shop in Grand Rapids.

Dodds Record Shop has approximately 80,000 used LPs and 45s for sale, in addition to the Reverend’s personal collection of nearly 500 factory sealed LPs from the ‘80s. Dodds’ selection covers all genres of albums from the 1930s to the ‘90s.

When previous and long-time owner Gerry Dodds was asked by current owner Reverend Charles about the new idea of Record Store Day in 2010, he looked at Charles and said, “Son, every day at Dodds is Record Store Day.”

Dodds Record Shop is well worth a visit, just make sure to check the website for updated business hours.

Misfitz Audio

1044 Godfrey Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

If you ever have equipment problems while listening to all those new and used records, Misfitz Audio has you covered.

Misfitz is a throwback to the days of home stereo stores. Misfitz carries mostly used gear, from a variety of manufacturers, in addition to buying, trading, and selling on consignment. Misfitz also offers complete restoration services on a variety of home stereo equipment including turntables, amps, speakers, and more.

Experience any number of vinyl nights at several bars and breweries around Grand Rapids, like Creston Brewery.
DJ SuperDre at Grand Rapids Art Museum - Spinning Records

Experience any number of vinyl nights at several bars and breweries around Grand Rapids, like Creston Brewery.

Photo Credit: Experience Grand Rapids


Vinyl Nights

If you’re not a fan of staying in and spinning your own records, Grand Rapids has plenty of Vinyl Nights around the area for you to get your vinyl fix.

Speciation Artisan Ales

3721 Laramie Dr NE, Comstock Park, MI 49321

One Wednesday in the middle of each month, from 5-10 PM, Speciation Artisan Ales hosts Metal on Vinyl night. Metal fans are encouraged to bring their own records to be played.

“21+ only for metal night. Sorry little metalheads,” says the brewery's website.

In addition to Metal Night, Speciation also hosts Hip Hop Vinyl nights, which they hope to have on a regular basis as well. 

Pyramid Scheme

68 Commerce Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Vinyl nights at the Pyramid Scheme are free and take place at the front bar from 9 PM-

Midnight. Dates vary, so be sure to check their website for details.

Creston Brewery

1504 Plainfield Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505

On select Wednesdays from 8-10 PM, a rotating list of DJs play records from several musical genres at Creston Brewery. Stay up to date by visiting the Creston Brewery events page.

Harmony Brewing Company

1551 Lake Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506

A rotation of DJs play records at Harmony Brewing Co. on Thursdays from 9-11:30 PM.

Harmony offers Happy Hour beer prices during vinyl nights. You can find details for each vinyl night on Harmony’s Facebook page. Harmony is also a stop on the Beer City Brewsader® Passport. While you're there, ask for a stamp in your booklet or check in with the app. (Speciation and Creston are also stops in the passport, too!)

Vinyl Fetish

Vinyl Fetish, which is a local group of DJs, spins records at various locations around Grand Rapids. They attend vinyl nights at local bars and restaurants, playing many genres of music. You can stay informed about upcoming events on their Facebook page.

The Grand Rapids Soul Club

Local group The Grand Rapids Soul Club has been playing monthly Vinyl Nights at rotating venues around the Grand Rapids area for the past seven years. Follow them on Facebook for their updated schedule.

Vinyl is back, indeed!

Whether you’re buying new and used vinyl to listen to in the comfort of your own home, or wanting to hear what DJs are spinning at local Grand Rapids bars, there’s no shortage of places from which to choose.

For more information on music in Grand Rapids, visit the Music page.

Header photo taken during Grand Rapids Soul Club performance.

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