NOW WITH THREE LOCATIONS!!!
Raleigh, NC, Durham, NC and our new home March 1st, 2016 back in Chapel Hill, NC!!!
Based in Raleigh-Durham, NC, Schoolkids is the Triangle’s first home of the legendary mom & pop indie store chain. Founded in 1974, Schoolkids Records is one of the longest running record stores in the entire country and in 2014 celebrated their 40th Anniversary with a blow-out concert at Raleigh's Lincoln Theatre with: The Debonzo Brothers, Hank Sinatra, Six String Drag, The Baseball Project & drivin' n' cryin'.
In April 2014, the Raleigh location opened a full bar and now serve over a dozen local and craft beers, with six taps, bar stools and stage for instores. In March 2015, we opened our second location at Bright Leaf Square in Durham, NC and on March 1st, 2016 we will take over the space of CD Alley and be back in Chapel Hill, NC with our third store!
More on Schoolkids history: The store has often been the destination and shopping preference for many local and national bands in this area, many of whom either worked at the store or started selling their first albums or 7" singles at the store on consignment. Artists to get their start selling records at Schoolkids include: Ryan Adams and Whiskeytown, Superchunk, Archers of Loaf, Ben Folds, The Connells, Polvo, Athenaeum, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Megafaun, Lost In The Trees and many others. The store was also one of the first retail outlets to sell No Depression Magazine and to work with labels such as Merge Records, Mammoth Records, Dischord Records and Yep Roc Records.
Schoolkids is a founding member of the CIMS Coalition, The first national Coalition of Independent Music Stores and has also been named by both Time Magazine and The Grammys as one of the "top ten" record stores in the United States. Recently many publications have written about the history of Schoolkids and its owner such as Raleigh's News & Observer, The Independent Weekly, The Durham Chronicle and NC State University's Alumni Magazine "Red & White For Life". On April 21st, 2011 (the store's 39th Anniversary and also national Record Store Day) Schoolkids broke a record and had the best sales day in their 39 year history. Customers lined up for over 4 hours to get exclusive vinyl releases by such artists as The Flaming Lips, Ryan Adams, Phish and Sigur Ros. The day also featured in-store performances by The Dexter Romweber Duo, Michael Rank & Stag, John Howie & Rosewood Bluff, The dB's Chris Stamey and Delta Rae.
Some Recent News and Press:
Schoolkids Records to keep rockin' despite move: http://www.wral.com/lifestyles/travel/video/12470865/#/vid12470865
Small businesses told to move to make room for hotel: http://www.wral.com/news/local/video/12422317/#/vid12422317
"Destination Hotel" Project could begin new era on Hillsborough St.: http://triangle.news14.com/content/top_stories/693882/-destination-hotel--project-could-begin-new-era-on-hillsborough-street