Spin back in time, when you step into this quirky – and comprehensive – record store in Cocoa Village, Fla.
Music-lovers, history buffs and retro revivalists can find a home at Caroline’s House of Records.
And they'll most likely find whatever vinyl they’re looking for, too, as this locally owned shop carries more than 40,000 different LPs and 45s.
Caroline's has more than 40,000 LPs and 45s — Photo courtesy of Caroline's House of Records
Award-winning Caroline’s House of Records, based out of the Space Coast in Florida, began small 10 years ago, with the owners Mike and Caroline Lister simply selling records on Ebay and Amazon.
But over time, the owners’ record collection grew and grew.
First, it filled their garage. Then, thousands of records were creeping into their living room. Three years after their online business began, they decided to launch a storefront.
The store originally started online — Photo courtesy of Caroline's House of Records
The shop has been a staple in historic Cocoa Village for about seven years now, where it fits in easily with the other interesting and creative shops in the district. (Bonus: A parking spot is rarely hard to find around Cocoa Village – not that shoppers mind the walk down these inviting streets, often filled with live music.)
Caroline’s Records (as it’s called for short) has earned a local reputation as one of the top places to find vinyl; in fact, it was awarded best music store in Cocoa Beach by the community a few years ago.
In Caroline’s Records, you can listen to oldies and goodies while you flip through the carefully organized crates of vinyl (for the size of stock, it’s surprisingly easy to browse) and also chat with staff members, who are knowledgeable about music and eager to chat about their favorite LPs.
Score music paraphernalia, too — Photo courtesy of Caroline's House of Records
Also, you can find record accessories and other music paraphernalia here.
And keep the excitement going by following the shop on Facebook. The store often posts historical tidbits and facts about musical landmarks on the day of their anniversary (like musicians’ birthdays, the top songs on that date decades ago, etc.) and special events (like hot rod shows, Historic Cocoa’s Spring Fine Arts & Craft Show and Cocoa’s Mardi Gras celebration and shrimp boil).
Best of all, Facebook is where you can be first to learn about vinyl deals and unique products. Can you say a 34-page, excellent-condition, original 1969 Led Zeppelin tour book?
If you’re not in Cocoa, you can still find Caroline’s Records online, where it all began. Check back regularly, because inventory is constantly changing.
A Jimmy Buffet record at Caroline's — Photo courtesy of Caroline's House of Records