It probably goes without saying, but we love record shops. Whether they're big or small, rocking a minimalist aesthetic or packing more vinyl than you can shake a stick at into overflowing crates, we love how each and every one has something special in store for its customers. From the quirkiest locals to the big, gig-hosting powerhouses, we pick one each month to be our Record Store of the Month. They get a tasty gift from the Record Tokens team, and you get to discover the best independent record shops this country has to offer - win-win!
May's Record Store of the Month: Vinyl Fiction, Manchester
In the month that sees Record Tokens turning a year old, our Record Store of the Month is even more of a newcomer to the high street - but already a local force to be reckoned with!
The owners, two self-professed "vinyl and book geeks", gave up their day jobs to open Vinyl Fiction in 2018. Stocking only new releases, the shop brings together music and literature, making it the perfect one-stop-shop for all your cultural needs. Sarah tells us more:
"We’re a small but carefully curated record and book store based in Chorlton, Manchester. We try and go as broad as we can with the genres, so hopefully there’s something for everyone and some weird stuff mixed in! Our vibe is relaxed and welcoming, we love chatting to people about music, books, anything really! No judgement here, just don’t ask for “The Greatest Showman soundtrack’ …;-)"
You can find Vinyl Fiction at 103 Manchester Road, Chorlton - don't forget your Record Tokens!
Previous Record Stores of the Month
April 2019 - Spiller's Records, Cardiff
March 2019 - David's Music, Hertfordshire
February 2019 - Winyl, Manningtree
January 2019 - Rapture Witney, Oxfordshire
December 2018 - Crash Records, Leeds
November 2018 - Pebble Records, Eastbourne
October 2018 - Spinning Discs, Sheffield
September 2018 - Reflex Records, Newcastle
August 2018 - Banquet Records, Kingston
July 2018 - Hundred Records, Hampshire