Best Local Record Store

Record Exchange

Was there ever any doubt that Best of Boise voters wouldn't vault the venerable Record Exchange once more to the top of the list for record stores? Back in 1994, when people were buying CDs and tapes, Record Exchange was voted No. 1 CD and tape shop. As the category morphed into Best Local Record Store, RX has held onto its reign. And for good reason. Beyond vinyl, the shop boasts a cafe, clothing and gift selection, books and graphic novels, hosts regular live music events and serves as a generally downtown gathering place. All hail.

2nd Place: Boise Public Library—You can't beat free, and that's what Boise Public Library offers with its voluminous collection of music. Search through more than 16,000 CDs, including more than 400 from local artists, or go digital with Freegal and Hoopla, which allow library patrons to download or stream from hundreds of thousands of tracks.

3rd Place: Dunkley Music—OK, Dunkley Music isn't a traditional music shop—its specialty is making, rather than selling, tunes. Still, numerous of its sheet music collections include CDs for learners or accompaniment on everything from cello to vocals. Being able to listen to music in order to make it was reason enough for Best of Boise voters to include Dunkley here.

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