Best Record Stores in the Woodward Corridor

by: Mark H. Stowers

A generation ago, there was a turntable in every home and everything from Frank Sinatra to the Beatles to the Eagles were played non-stop. The musical education handed down from parents to children to siblings and cousins and friends. Cassettes and CDs came along but neither offered the fun, ambiance and atmosphere of a needle, a vinyl record and speakers. Digital music may fill up your phone but vinyl filled your soul. Records fell to the wayside as these other technologies forged ahead with convenience but the past decade has seen a resurgence of vinyl for music lovers of all ages. In 2020, vinyl record sales surpassed CD sales. These days folks are on the lookout for classic vinyl and today’s hits for the turntable. In the Woodward Corridor, there are several vinyl shops to peruse for your next listening pleasure. Here are the best record stores in the Woodward Corridor.

Best Record Stores in the Woodward Corridor

UHF Records at 512 Washington Street in Royal Oak has an abundance of vinyl treasures and is always on the lookout for more. They even offer rewards for hooking them up with record collection sales. The inventory is a Bucket List for vinyl lovers covering every genre – and then some. Open 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday then till 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and Sundays from noon till 6:00 p.m. this oasis of music offers a deep drink of every genre.

Found Sound at 234 West Nine Mile in Ferndale offers a musical heaven for vinyl aficionados. The independent store offers thousands of titles since they opened the doors in 2012. The full-service shop has a bit of everything for everyone including new and used records, CDs, cassette tapes, music paraphernalia as well as movies on Blue-Ray, DVD’s and Laserdisc. Open 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Solo Records – the “little green building” on Woodward has been a treasure of music since its opening back in 1982. Back then it was just Dan Levitt, local jazz drummer and business owner and his daughter Lorna Kuschel with their extensive collections of records and deep passion for music.

They moved to their “new” location in 2001 but brought all of their musical riches with them. A recent move put them just two doors down and 30 feet north in their 30148 Woodward plaza.

No matter what media you’re looking for, Solo Records has it – even reel-to-reel, 78s and 8-tracks. They buy, sell and trade just about anything musically recorded and are always interested in taking a look at anyone’s music collection. Open seven days a week, Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturdays 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sundays, noon to 5:00 p.m., Solo Records is ready to help you in your musical treasure hunt for vinyl dreams.

The Detroit Record Club, also in Royal Oak at 28834 Woodward offers music and tech. With “expertly curated, ultrasonic-cleaned and well-loved vinyl, new release records, with music-related books, dry goods and vintage hi-fi equipment” this business takes your vinyl love to the next level.

They carry the old and new and help you hear it the way it was meant to be heard – and cared for with a cleaning system that brings new life to old vinyl. Open Monday through Friday from noon to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5:00 p.m., the Detroit Record Club offers more than just great music – the love and care for your treasures.

In Oak Park, Street Corner Music at 26020 Greenfield, has kept the music flowing since 1992. Open Monday through Friday from noon to 7:00 p.m., Saturday from noon to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5:00 p.m., Street Corner Music offers a “sanctuary” for music lovers to peruse their shelves and bins of classic and new vinyl. They buy, sell and trade LPs, 45s and CDs.

With every genre imaginable, Street Corner Music continues to search for their customers’ taste in all things music.

Flipside Records, located at 3099 Coolidge in Berkley, was first a Clawson institution for four decades before moving. With vinyl records, CDs, DVDs and toys, the store even offers hand-made jewelry. Open Monday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Flipside Records also has stereo equipment, collectible toys and games, smoking accessories, posters, t-shirts and more and their knowledgeable staff can find just what you’re looking for.

Check out each store’s social media sites for even more information for what’s on the shelves, what’s hot and any upcoming specials. From jazz to punk to pop and everything in between, these music stores find your groove. And on each National Record Store Day, the stores open earlier to celebrate all things music with their family of customers.


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