Kansas City has been grabbing a lot of national media attention in the last couple of years, landing on a number of top 10 lists. Travel + Leisure magazine cited KC’s impressive coffee scene and locavore dining options when it put our hometown on its list of “America’s Best Cities for Hipsters” (ahead of Seattle no less!), but another clear sign of our coolness quotient is the number of great record stores in our midst.
Devoted vinyl collectors and newbies alike are already spoiled for choice thanks to locally owned Mills Record Company, Records with Merritt, Vinyl Renaissance, the Vinyl Underground at 7th Heaven, and Zebedee’s RPM, and now a Dallas-based record store Josey Records & Music is looking to get in on the party.
Josey Records & Music has elected to skip opening another location in its home state and fast-forward its growth by expanding into the Kansas City market instead. The hipster haven is expected to open this June in the space formerly occupied by Crossroads event space, The Promise, at 18th and Oak streets. In addition to offering more than 60,000 new and used records and CDs, Josey will entice music lovers with regular in-store concerts and a selection of local beers.
In the meantime, the Nelson-Atkins is dropping the needle on a pop-up record swap during its Third Thursday event, Between a Rock and an Art Place, on May 21 in collaboration with several local shops including Records with Merritt and Vinyl Underground.