Hello from Hymie’s Records! We’re glad you found our website and we hope you’ll visit us sometime in the future. There’s nothing in the world like an old fashioned record shop, where you can browse tens of thousands of albums and take those that catch your eye to a listening station to find out if they sound as good as they look.
In mid-2019, Hymie’s was sold to Adam Taylor & Britta Walker – ensuring that the spirit and tradition that has always been “Hymie’s” will continue to live on! Look for changes to the store and this site soon, but rest well in the knowledge that your experience at the store will be the best experience we can hope to provide no matter what your musical tastes.
It is an absolute thrill to carry on the Hymie’s tradition in our beloved neighborhood. It will be a delight to oversee this tremendous treasure trove of vinyl!
Hymie’s Vintage Records will continue to be the kind of record store that is brimming with diverse eclectic records from almost all genres. A shop that offers music listeners of all kinds the opportunity to browse through a wide collection of used and new records to discover that perfect gem of an album. A place where there’s always a good chance that you’ll happen across something curious that you just have to hear.
Hymie’s on East Lake Street is experiencing its fourth regeneration in the vinyl vortex. You may notice some changes to the narrative, but the core values of the store and its role in the universe will remain the same. Pop in and meet me: the new incarnation of the store owner, Adam. You might also see Britta and our kids in the store from time to time. We look forward to getting to know you!
I am proud to follow in the footsteps of Laura and Dave, Julie and Auralee, and Jim “Hymie” Peterson himself. Hymie’s Vintage Records has been an institution in the community for 33 years and our family looks forward to many many more. Hope to see you in the shop soon!
In 2010, Hymie’s Records was relocated five blocks east to a bigger, better location after almost twenty-five years in the building where Jim “Hymie” Peterson first opened the business. One customer estimated moving 75 tons! One thing that wasn’t left behind was the modest goal Hymie always had for his shop: “I’m not interested in making a lot of money,” he is remembered saying. “I’m interested in having a good store, a store people like coming to.”
If music is your muse you won’t be disappointed when you visit our record shop, which has been described by City Pages as “the best pop culture museum in the state” and by Rolling Stone as “a classic, overstuffed mom-and-pop used-vinyl haven.” There’s plenty of room and places to sit, and the records are categorized for comfortable digging. Even our stock of thousands of 45s are easy to thumb through – where else are you going to find that?
We have three listening stations where you can play any record in the shop and a reasonable return policy if you’re disappointed by your finds, so there’s no worries. After all, it’s supposed to be fun!
For us, a good day isn’t measured by how much money we make in sales, its in the number of regulars we see and the number of new customers who visit and say, “Wow, what a great shop you have here!”
– Laura and Dave Hoenack
Photo by Jeff Wheeler