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Sarasota/Tampa record stores?

Discussion in 'Music, Movie and Hardware Store Guide' started by Surly, Oct 16, 2020.

  1. Surly

    Surly Bon Viv-oh-no-he-didn't Thread Starter

    Sarasota, FL
    Hey everyone - I am moving to Florida in a couple weeks; about 30 minutes from Sarasota. What are the good stores in the area? Tampa and St. Pete are also of interest.

    In particular, I'm looking for stores that carry imports (CD), if any.

    Thank you!
  2. thxdave

    thxdave Senior Member

    Bananas in St. Pete (be sure to visit the warehouse if you're into vinyl)
    Sound Exchange in Tampa & Pinellas Park
    Daddy Kool in St. Pete
    Kingfish Records in Clearwater (Countryside)
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  3. Chemguy

    Chemguy Forum Resident

    Bananas in St. Pete. The warehouse for vinyl. Oh my goodness.
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  4. Post-Punk Monk

    Post-Punk Monk Seeking divinity in records from '78-'85 or so…

    North Carolina
    Oh, you missed out on Vinyl Fever by a decade but THAT was a store.
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  5. Chee

    Chee Forum Resident

    1989 record shows there were great. Amazing 45's.
  6. Old Zorki II

    Old Zorki II Storm Watcher

    near Tampa, FL
    Bananas warehouse is by far the best place for used records. For CDs look at their retail store.
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  7. Chee

    Chee Forum Resident

    Does banana let the public in the warehouse? Has it been cleaned out by the picker pros and overseas people?
  8. thxdave

    thxdave Senior Member

    Yes, you can browse to your hearts' content. There's one section that is off limits but you can pull lots of titles and bring them to their small listening stations to check for SQ. You might want to cross the street to their audio gear warehouse, too. I bought my Thorens TD-147 from them and they have tons of weird and wonderful used gear. They DO get the occasional foreign "invasion" of buyers but you can always call before you go to see if some of the more esoteric titles you're looking for are there.
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2020
  9. Jack_Straw

    Jack_Straw Forum Resident

    Wichita, KS
    Just an FYI - The Daddy Kool on Central in downtown St. Pete closed, and the Sarasota one is closed now too. I think their only store now is in the Warehouse District in St. Pete.
  10. thxdave

    thxdave Senior Member

    Yeah, that Warehouse District location is tough to find and I LIVE here! :)
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  11. Chee

    Chee Forum Resident

    I remember the legendary Richard Minor (Google him and records) dselling at a St Pete show with 45's. Wow, great stuff. Pre Rayford I think.
  12. Duke Fame

    Duke Fame Sold out the Enormodome

    Tampa, FL
    Yeah, it's in a bizarre spot. I'm guessing the rent got too high on Central.

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