The legendary record shop Rough Trade has made its way across the pond, opening their very first store in the United States. Rough Trade started making a name for itself when it first opened off Ladbroke Grove in west London in 1976. It continued to gain popularity with the launch of the Rough Trade record label in 1978, and the opening of a second location in east London in 2007. Now, stateside audiophiles can get their Rough Trade fix too, that is if they live near Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
It may seem a bit silly to open a record shop in 2013, what with Spotify offering free mobile streaming and digital downloading as popular as ever. However, Williamsburg is the perfect place to do open one. With the younger population and the indie reputation that precedes it, this is exactly the kind of environment where a shop like this will flourish.
Rough Trade NYC isn't playing around either, it is officially the biggest record store in New York City and offers a unique experience for music fans. Not only is it a record shop, but there is also a venue inside. As of right now, live performances are on hold after the venue received noise complaints, but they are working hard to bring in-store performances back. They still offer a slew of in-store signings and meet and greets however, and have excited crowds with the likes of Childish Gambino and Nick Lowe.
Rough Trade NYC is definitely the place to be for music fans, and is worth the trip for those living in or visiting New York City. The atmosphere is exactly what you're looking for when shopping for music; the staff is friendly, and the store is laid out nicely. Old shipping crates have been used to section off different parts of the store, as well as create a unique aesthetic. They also have a great selection of vinyl for the purists out there.
Rough Trade is open Monday through Saturday 9am-11pm and Sunday 10am-9pm.