With 2022 marking their 20th year in business in Indianapolis, read on below to learn more about Indy CD & Vinyl, the largest independent record store in Central Indiana!
1. How long have you been in business?
2022 marks our 20th year in Indianapolis!
2. Can you give me some background on the shop?
Originally established in Salt Lake City in 1993 by Rick Zeigler, we migrated to Indianapolis in 2001, picking up the whole brick and mortar and settling in the heart of the historic Broad Ripple, right on Broad Ripple Avenue. After owning the store in two states for almost 20 years, Rick sold the shop to long-time store manager Annie Skinner (who moved with the store from Utah to Indiana) and her husband Andy Skinner in 2013. This was a perfect transition, as Andy & Annie have owned one of the most successful concert booking and promotion companies in Indy since 2004, and turning their focus to the store they were able to achieve making it the largest and most-awarded independent record store in Central Indiana.
3. Do you focus on any particular genres of music or any specific formats?
Indy CD and Vinyl boasts the largest new & used vinyl selections in Central Indiana! We pride ourselves on having a varied and very deep selection of rock from the '50s onward, indie rock, jazz, hip-hop, soul, funk, r'n'b, electronica, darkwave, country and alt-country, avant garde, reggae, folk, world, soundtracks, classical, gospel, blues, and spoken word. We also sell turntables! We sell needles, Serato control records, turntable accessories and music cleaners! We have a variety of speakers, turntable packages, and unique retail items. We also have a humongous selection of music DVDs.
4. What are some of your best sellers?
Honestly, Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" has been our consistently best-selling new LP for the last few years, but we do well
with just about everything, every genre. Lately we can't keep Phoebe bridgers and Mitski in stock, and Mac Miller is another big seller of late. Our pride and joy is our used jazz LP section - we have such a deep well of stock we just love refilling our shelves with great jazz records.
5. What are the biggest challenges you think the store will have to navigate in the next ten years?
Production delays and bottlenecks keep creating issues with release dates and, because of that issue, artists being unable to release physical product the same day and date as streaming. The same issue is causing issues with popular titles being restocked in a timely manner; however, it is not all doom and gloom, the market is this way due to the popularity of physical music. We will accept these issues and side effects if the overall interest in ownership of music on physical LP or CD continues to increase. We love what we do, and we can adjust as more and more people discover what we love and begin to love it too.
6. Anything else you want customers to know? (do you feature live in-store performances? Have a cozy listening room, etc?).
In addition to our shop in the heart of the Broad Ripple neighborhood, we have a giant warehouse with its own staff that houses many hundreds of thousands of LPs they process daily. This machine is well oiled, and keeps the Broad Ripple shop stocked with new-to-you used records all year long! We also write and publish our own newspaper (yes, print media!) that covers goings on at the shop and the local music scene in general.
806 Broad Ripple Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46220
Thursday - Sunday: 11:00am - 6:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 8:00am - 8:00pm