Vinyl and Record Store Shopping in Kansas City

Vinyl and record store shopping is more popular than ever in Kansas City. It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly why Kansas Citians are so enthused about vinyl—some might attribute it to nostalgia, insisting that collecting records brings them back to a simpler time, one where everyone rocked bell bottoms and Leif Garrett was a bonafide star. Others may insist that with digital music so omnipresent, there’s comfort in a turntable’s warm, scratchy sound.

Regardless, the number of KC record stores has steadily increased in the last few years, leading to the establishment of new hubs for live music, local flavors and vintage LPs.

Celebrate KC’s Vinyl Culture

Despite its Dallas heritage, Josey Records has quickly become rooted in the burgeoning Kansas City vinyl scene. Visitors browse the brick-walled record shop in search of rare albums from decades long gone while those just entering are greeted by shelves stocked with the latest releases. And thanks to a whopping 6,500 square feet of space and its location in the Crossroads Arts District, Josey is a natural venue to host release parties, live shows and First Fridays events. 

Located on Westport Road is Records with Merritt, a passionate shop ready and able to help you curate your collection with all-new records. Another local favorite is Vinyl Underground thanks to its themed releases and subterranean shop location.

Plug in to KC’s Music Scene

Center stage is only a few feet away at Westport’s locally-owned Mills Record Company, one of Kansas City’s most popular spots for live music. Meanwhile, the storefront is spacious and dedicated to shoppers both tracking down freshly-pressed records and proponents of the previously-owned LP. 

Poetry readings, DJ sets and more live showcases take place at Revolution Records, an East Crossroads hub for vinyl. 

Get Equipped

In addition to its vast array of new and used records, Vinyl Renaissance & Audio sells anything from state-of-the-art turntables and speakers to vintage record players, making it easy for users to deck out their digs and maximize their listening experience.

Don’t fret if you’re new to the game. Renaissance’s sales staff is comprised of experts in writing, playing and recording music, so they know how it should sound. 

Hidden Treasures

Embedded among the multitude of antique shops and knick-knack stops in the West Bottoms is R.B. Martin’s Vintage, a family-owned and operated used- and restored-items store that boasts a significant cache of records from the ‘70s and ‘80s.

Meanwhile, across town at Prospero’s Books on West 39th Street, you’ll find a trove of vinyl treasure in the upper levels of the three-story building. 

More vintage in KC

River Market Antiques

120 quality dealers in a 30,000 square-foot Antique Mall -- housed in a four-story building built in the early 1900s in the historic River Market Area of Kansas City, just a few blocks from the Missouri River. Easy to find -- just look for the 60' x 120' mural of the Lewis & Clark Expedition on the west side of our building. All major credit cards accepted with services that include delivery, layaway plus 30-day free storage for furniture or large item buyers.

West Bottoms Historic Entertainment District

The West Bottoms Business District Association is the organization dedicated to continued revival of our most historical area in downtown in Kansas City, Missouri. Our association is committed to making the West Bottoms a compelling place to live, work, play and visit in the region.

Westport Regional Business League

Westport, Kansas City's original entertainment district, boasts a rich history as the oldest established community in Kansas City. More than 150 years ago, Westport marked the passage into the Western Frontier and set the foundation for what it is today; a thriving shopping and entertainment district. Westport is a fusion of local eateries, fashionable boutiques and hot night-spots compounded with remnants of the neighborhood's historic past. Annual Events Include: St. Patrick’s Day (March), Westport St.

City Market

In operation since 1857, the City Market is the largest farmers’ market in the region with an annual attendance of nearly 600,000 per year and bursting with more than 140 farmer stalls. In addition, City Market merchants offer a wide variety of fresh produce, meats, baked goods, flowers, specialty foods and other items from America, Africa, Europe, the Middle and far East. The City Market is home to a unique collection of gift shops, authentic restaurants and the Arabia Steamboat Museum, which houses the largest collection of pre-Civil War artifacts in the world.

Webster House

Rich in history and charm, Webster House offers a unique experience to our guests in the heart of the Crossroads Art District. The first floor is adorned with distinct shopping brought in from both local and international vendors. Come meet our talented team to learn about gift items ranging from jewelry and fashion, to home decor. On our second floor you'll enjoy an intelligent menu featuring an unmistakable farm to table style and exceptional service, paired with a top tier bar program designed to quench any thirst. Reservations are encouraged.