TWO LOCATIONS TO SERVE YOU!!!
Raleigh - Chapel Hill, NC!
Schoolkids Records first opened in 1974 in Raleigh, NC, across the street from NC State University. Since then, the store has expanded, contracted and expanded again over 42+ years. We have two stores to serve you. One in Raleigh in the legendary Mission Valley Shoppping Center (NCSU) and one near The University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill). Yes, basketball season is fun around here!
We also have expanded our on-line store, click to see new releases and pre-orders. All of our orders are processed by our distribution partners and shipped directly to your home. Currently that link is only new CDs and new LPs, if you are looking for second-hand (used) product, our used CD inventory is live on Amazon, which you can visit here: Schoolkids Webstore (US), Used LPs are not sold online and are best to come into the store and browse! You can always email the store directly (below) to ask what we have in stock.
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. We took over the former space of CD Alley in Chapel Hill, NC in March 2016!
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.
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