New Jersey is known for much more than its amazing diners and the Jersey Shore (the actual place, not the show). Over the decades, the state has given the world music acts such as Bon Jovi and My Chemical Romance. While it may get overshadowed by the Big Apple nearby, the Garden State has been a major contributor to the booming music scene in the Northeast. If you're in the search for some great music shops in the state for Small Business Saturday, we've complied a list of five stellar spots that will satisfy anyone looking for the gift of music this holiday season.
114 Brunswick St.
Jersey City, NJ 07302
Iris Records, which is a quick stroll from the Grove Street PATH station, has been a goldmine for vinyl lovers since 1996. The store is also known for being a participant for the Record Riots, which take place during the summer and fall. On occasion, Various DJs will come into the store to spin some tunes.
225 Washington St
Hoboken, NJ 07030
While there are five Tunes stores in the Garden State, the Hoboken one is the most popular one. New Jersey acts such as Man Overboard and The Front Bottoms have packed the place with acoustic performances. Aside from new releases, you can find some gems in their dollar bin.
51 Lafayette Rd.
Fords, NJ 08863
Almost all of your favorite bands have performed inside Vintage Vinyl at one point during the shop's 38 year history. From "The Prince of Darkness" Ozzy Osbourne to Jimmy Eat World, the list of past performers is equally as diverse as their selection of music on sale. For Small Business Saturday, they're bringing Darryl "DMC" McDaniels to sign copies of his new album Back From The Dead, The Legend Lives!
Princeton Record Exchange
20 S Tulane St.
Princeton, NJ 08542
Founded in 1980, the Princeton Record Exchange has gained praise from publications such as Billboard and The New York Times. LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy was an avid buyer when he was growing in the city. For music lovers overseas, the store is normally a go-to destination when they're in the area.
Jack's Music Shoppe
30 Broad St.
Red Bank, NJ 07701
Once a typical hangout for a young rocker named Bruce Springsteen, Jack's Music Shoppe is an iconic spot in Red Bank. Owned by Jack Anderson, the store, which has been around since 1948, is very friendly when it comes to trading those CDs or that dusty old guitar. Over the years, Jesse Malin, Tommy Stinson, and Steve Forbert have performed inside the shop.