How record shops are getting vinyl to you during the Coronavirus pandemic

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Local deliveries from owners, curbside pickups and more.

Around the world, the Coronavirus pandemic is affecting small businesses across every industry, and independent record shops are no exception. If you are in a position to do so, it is as important as ever to support your favourite local shop, and in turn artists and labels.

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While social-distancing and lockdowns become implemented globally, and physical browsing is increasingly put on hold, local shops are finding alternative ways to get vinyl to customers.

Here are a few examples, with more to be added as updates to this story:

Phonica Records, London:

Orders can be placed online, while its physical outpost is closed for the time being.

Turntable Lab, New York City:

While its physical outpost is closed, Turntable Lab is still operating its online shop at full capacity, with special offers onsite.

Atlantis Records, London:

Newly opened Hackney shop Atlantis will cycle records to east London residents. Customers further afield can either have their orders shipped worldwide, or held in store until collection is available.

Tone Deaf Records, Chicago:

Though Chicago is still allowing shops to stay open at the time of writing, Tone Deaf Records’ physical outpost is shut. However, owner Tony Assimos will deliver vinyl directly to your door in the meantime if you’re a local resident. Customers who are further afield can order from the website.

Amoeba, Los Angeles:

Hollywood music hub Amoeba Records is offering curbside pick-ups via telephone orders, while its website is open for online orders to anyone outside of the LA metropolitan area.

Limited To One Records, New York City:

While its physical outpost is closed, the shop is offering mail-order via Instagram.

Glasshouse Records, Pomona, California:

While its physical outpost is closed, the shop is offering mail-order via its Instagram.

Music Mania, Ghent, Belgium:

While its physical outpost is closed, Music Mania is offering free shipping for all online orders.

Monorail Music, Glasgow:

While its physical outpost is closed, Monorail is offering in-store collections from the backdoor on Osborne street, as well as normal operations via its online site.

Underground Solu’shn, Edinburgh

While its physical outpost is closed, Underground Solu’shn is offering local delivery and collection from the shop, as well as normal operations via its online site and Discogs page.

Biit Me Records, Tallinn

While its physical outpost is closed, Biit Me Records is offering local delivery, as well as normal operations via its online site.

Millers Records, Bali

While its physical outpost is closed, Millers Records is offering local delivery, taking orders via its Instagram and Discogs pages.

Bigwax, Paris

While its physical outpost is closed, Bigwax is still operating its online site as normal, with international shipping.

Are you a record shop working to maintain operations during the Coronavirus pandemic? Let us know what you’re up to: social@thevinylfactory.com