December 15, 2011

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Chad’s Records

• Chad’s is all about serious vinyl and has been the destination for aficionados and collectors for a dozen years. The Vine Street store is smallish but chock full of records of almost every genre, with dozens of gems hidden between the polybagged sleeves. Chad and his staff are very knowledgeable and will engage in you music trivia of the High Fidelity sort at the drop of a needle.

Monday to Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.

324 Vine Street    

(423) 756-7563

For The Record

• For The Record is an odd bird—an independent record store in a mall, albeit a somewhat less-trafficked mall. Owners Mike and Gwen Bell stock thousands of records and a small selection of new vinyl. Bell also specializes in framing classic album covers. The store has a nice selection of used stereo components, T-shirts, posters, books, movies and memorabilia.

Northgate Mall

Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.

(423) 413-1894

Leo Handmade Gallery

• A boutique record store, the selection at Leo on the North Shore is small but vital. The gallery also boasts a vibrant collection of issues from local bands amid its eclectic bins.

22 Frazier Avenue

Tuesday and Wednesday, noon to 6 p.m.

Thursday to Saturday, noon to 7 p.m.

Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.

(423) 634-7755

McKay

• The bins at this Mecca of Used are mostly bargain-priced albums, but the occasional gem might be found amid the largely pedestrian selection.

7734 Lee Highway

Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

(423) 892-0067

Grumpy’s

• We found some very nice collectible vinyl at Grumpy’s, which boasts a sizeable collection in the center of its roomy Hixson location.

3905 Hixson Pike

Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.

(423) 874-0242

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