Columbus has sprouted quite a few new record stores in recent years, but favorite shops are like favorite bars — you feel at home there because they do it right. Hence, all three of this year’s top finishers are firmly established institutions, none stretching back farther in Columbus history than big winner Magnolia Thunderpussy. Owner Chuck Kubat brings decades of experience to the table, and he’s smart enough to employ a diverse staff of music fiends to keep all the best new records in the bins. The result is the best of both worlds and, per Alive readers, the best record shop in town.
Runners-up: Used Kids Records, Lost Weekend Records