Locally owned small businesses are essential to our economy and are proven to help our communities build wealth, job opportunities, and stronger social networks, while decreasing income inequality.
The recent COVID-relief bill is a great example of how federal policy can step in to help small businesses in a state of emergency. Local policy has the most direct line to cultivate local businesses in your community. Policies such as micro-financing programs, zoning, real estate costs, and incentives to developers or landlords support the local economy.
In addition to paying attention to where your local elected officials stand on policy that impacts small businesses, you can also use your consumer power to buy from local stores.
As we continue to honor #WomensHistoryMonth we’ve put together a state-by-state guide on local women-owned record stores – check it out & see who you can help support in your own community!
And don’t forget to see if you have a local election in 2021!
STATE-BY-STATE RECORD STORE LIST:
- Permanent Records (Los Angeles, CA) @permanentrecordsla
- Liz Tooley – co-owner
- Vinyl Sage (Riverside, CA) @vinylsageshop
- Tina Bold – owner
- Yesterday’s Fish – Vintage Vinyl (Lewes, DE)
- Sharon Fulton – co-owner
- Out of The Past Records (Chicago, IL) @outofthepastrecords
- Charlie Joe and Marie Henderson – owners
- Val’s Halla Records (Oak Park, IL) @valshalla
- Val Camilletti – owner
- Pop Shop Records (Baton Rouge, LA) @popshoprecords
- Kerry Beary – owner
- Peaches Records (New Orleans, LA), @PeachesRecords
- Shirani Rea – owner
- Little Big Store (Raymond, MS)
- Betty Strachan – owner
- Mills Record Company (Kansas City, MO) @millsrecords
- Judy Mills – owner
- Records with Merritt (Kansas City, MO) @recordswithmerritt
- Marion Merritt – owner
- Sound Off Records & Hi-Fi (Raleigh, NC) @soundoff_hifi
- Anna Cassano – owner
- The Pour House Music Hall & Record Shop (Raleigh, NC) @thepourhouse
- Lacie Lindstaedt – owner
- Kangaroo CD’s & Tapes (North Providence, RI)
- Linda Bowen – owner
- Luna Record Shop (Franklin, TN) @lunarecordshop
- Brenna Gentry & Calvert Gentry McMahan – co-owners/curators
- Serious Sounds (Houston, TX) @serioussounds
- Marketta “Music Lady” Rodriguez – owner
- Curious Collections Vinyl Records and More (Bryan/College Station, TX) @curiouscollectionsvinylrecords
- Mary House – owner