VinylHunt.com – a celebration of independent record stores – is directory of record shops that offer new and used LPs, 45s, turntable parts, DJ equipment, turntable services and more. Through this website, along with VinylHunt on various social media sites, we strive to promote independent shops and drive customers into brick-and-mortars.
We love visiting record stores and talking to the owners and their customers. Like the stores themselves, VinylHunt.com is independently-owned and thrives on our own customers – record stores, their patrons and fellow vinyl enthusiasts – to survive. Without them, this site would not exist. Please support your local record shops and all independent retailers.
Record store locations are added to the site by shop owners through a store owner account; or by record store patrons who suggest that their favorite record shops to add to the site. Customers can also rate and write comments about their favorite (or least favorite) record stores.
VinylHunt.com was created by Steve Salcedo (@stevesalcedo), a web creative director and regular record store patron based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, out of the desire to easily locate independent record stores in the United States. The first version of the site launched on July 25, 2006. In late 2011, Steve enlisted Thumb Tack Software, a developer based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to help launch the current Rails framework, including the ability to host international store profiles.
VinylHunt.com is independently-owned and operated, with no crowd-sourcing, corporate backers or investors. All expenses are funded by Steve Salcedo and from revenue generated from on-site advertising. A one-time expense for Ruby on Rails development was incurred in January 2012, and ongoing expenses include design time, Ruby on Rails development work on an as-needed basis, and monthly hosting on GitHub and Heroku.
Donations to help fund the site and its continued maintenance and development are welcome. Thank you in advance.
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If you have a store with multiple locations, use “Store Location” to distinguish locations based on city, street or neighborhood. For example, “Vinyl Hunt Record Store – Dupont” and “Vinyl Hunt Record Store – West Central” use “Store Location” to identify the “Dupont” and “West Central” locations.
This designation appears on profiles of stores that VinylHunt.com has visited.