The city of Detroit has birthed many popular genres of music in the 20th and 21st century. Ranging from the seminal Motown Sound of the 1960s and 70s to the groundbreaking rebirth of hip-hop in the 2000s, the Motor City has its own unique cornerstone in contemporary music. The city has berthed such big names as Stevie Wonder, Madonna, The White Stripes and Eminem, and with its thriving techno scene will continue to boast big names in music in the near future.
With Small Business Saturday quickly approaching, what better way to celebrate Detroit's rich musical culture than by exploring the many music stores across the city? Learn more about these four pivotal stores within Detroit below and set yourself up with an excellent adventure into the Arsenal of Democracy.
Third Man Records Crass Corridor
441 W Canfield St.
Detroit, MI 48201
Founded by Jack White in 2001 and establishing a Detroit storefront in 2015, Third Man Records serves as a record store, novelties lounge, in-store performance stage and record booth. It will also be the proud home of vinyl record pressing plant soon, making it the city's most dynamic shop for all things music. The store also runs its own membership called The Vault, with members receiving access to exclusive vinyls, reissues, test pressings and other musical goodies.
1459 Bagley Ave.
Detroit, MI 48216
Buy, sell, trade – visitors can do it all at Hello Records. The Bagley Ave. store provides vinyl and shellac recordings from all eras, shapes and sizes, ranging from the advent of rock and roll in the 1940s to dance music of the 2000s. They also buy records, stereo equipment and music memorabilia, giving all deal seekers a chance to land some serious items.
People's Records East
1464 Gratiot Ave.
Detroit, MI 48207
One of two locations in Detroit, People's Records East on Gratiot Ave. is a great place for visitors looking to add to their vinyl collection. With thousands of options to choose from, there's little chance you leave without a new 45 to add to the arsenal. Detroit through-and-through, People's Records was founded by Brad Hales in an attempt to give back to local DJs looking to improve their sets with new music.
1417 Van Dyke St.
Detroit, MI 48214
Paramita Sound is a modern record shop in the heart of Detroit's West Village. Founded by Andrey Douthard in 2014, the cozy two-story residential space is "the cultivation of perfection or always working toward perfection," according to Douthard. With new, used and reissue vinyl as well as cassettes up for sale, Paramita differs from its peers with a new-age feel, providing lounges and beers from local breweries for sale.