These days a record store needs a superhuman mixture of personality, taste, and atmosphere just to stay open, let alone to snag an award like Best Record Store on Long Island. Capturing the hearts of its customers is a must, as is teaching people to dig vinyl. These are both noble endeavors. We bring you this year’s winners for Best Record Store on Long Island.
Long Islanders voted Looney Tunes in West Babylon the Best Record Store on Long Island!
1. Looney Tunes
31 Brookvale Ave., West Babylon. 631-587-7722. www.looneytunescds.com
When people love what they do, it shows. They speak about it as if their profession is a member of their family. They know the subject material inside and out. They derive pure joy out of sharing said knowledge with others. Looney Tunes has taken this crown, now for the second year in a row, because Long Islanders recognize this. The staff truly loves music. They also love to share their love with patrons. This passion for music paired with an extensive inventory second-to-none makes Looney Tunes the go-to spot for other music lovers, too.
2. Mr. Cheapo CD and Record Exchange
Multiple locations. www.mrcheapocds.com
Mr. Cheapo is a family owned business that started in Flushing, Queens and has grown into two locations in Long island, in Mineola and Commack. Like many family owned business’ Mr. Cheapo started with a love for records and a dream and has now become one of the most recognized record stores in Long Island. When looking for rare and hard to find music, Mr. Cheapo’s is the place to go.
3. Long Island Vinyl Exchange
275 Larkfield Rd., East Northport. 631-486-3711. www.longislandvinylexchange.com
Multiple locations. www.fye.com