Don’t look now, but the busiest shopping season of the year is now less than a week away! Thanksgiving week 2017 has arrived, and the very underrated Small Business Saturday will follow just two days later. The Twin Cities area of St. Paul and Minneapolis aren’t exactly the sexiest of cities when one lists out all the hottest shopping destinations in the U.S., but those two markets have much more to offer the average music lover than meets the eye.
Once the craziness and over-indulgence of family Thanksgiving and Black Friday start to settle is when the fun real begins. So here are five of the best shopping options for music lovers on Small Business Saturday this coming weekend.
2557 Lyndale Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55405
Treehouse Records (formerly known as Oar Folkjokeopus) has been selling great music to fans in the Twin Cities area for over four decades at this point. The Minneapolis record store carries everything an avid pop or punk fan could want this holiday season, with inventory ranging from vinyl to mix tapes - remember those? The brick and mortar location may not be the punk epicenter that is once was, but the store is still a perfect shopping spot for all your favorite lesser known and indie artists.
Homestead Pickin’ Parlor
6625 Penn Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55423
Homestead Pickin’ Parlor is Minneapolis’ go-to store when one is in need of acoustic instruments, accessories or lessons. In addition to creating their own unplugged musical community through workshops and weekly jam session, the store prides itself in selling plenty of banjos, guitars, autoharps, hammer dulcimers or any other unusual acoustic instrument. Looking for a new pennywhistles or hoping to get a mandolins re-strung? Stop on in! You are in the heart of folk country after all.
407 W Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Into harder music? Extreme Noise has been filling the minds of young punk fans with just that for over 20 years now. While they are still a business with bills and expenses needing to be paid, Extreme Noise’s whole ethos is more about giving back than taking in. The store is a volunteer-run operation, with all profits reinvested evenly back into the business and the local punk community. Now THAT is rock and roll.
HiFi Hair and Records
1637 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
The name says it all! Minneapolis’ HiFi Hair and Records may be one of, if not the only record store in the country which also acts as an analog hair salon. Whether you want a cut, some color, or just a new vinyl, the store takes a lot of pride in offering their services of “Hair is what we do, and music is what we love.” Just don’t ask them to put Pavement’s “Cut Your Hair” onto the jukebox, because, you know.
Know Name Records
6009 Portland Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55417
Know Name Records may or may not be the best record store in the Twin Cities area, but it is at least the best smelling. The store stands out as Minneapolis’ only record spot to also sell a variety of incense. Into frolf? You know, frisbee golf? The store also sells various lines of golf discs, encouraging all their music-loving patrons to get outside and enjoy an active lifestyle while enjoying the tunes. Not a bad combination if you ask us.