The Tampa Bay area doesn't usually land in the pages of Rolling Stone unless some pop star is getting arrested or a new drug epidemic has broken out. So it's exciting to see two Tampa Bay area landmarks profiled for something else; both Bananas Music in St. Petersburg and Vinyl Fever in Tampa have been ranked among the magazine's list of 25 best record stores in the country. Anyone who has had the pleasure of thumbing through the wares at either store knows they deserve the honor. Bananas is a floor-to-ceiling treasure trove of wax housing 3 million items, while Vinyl Fever has the coolest collection of used CDs, DVDs and old school records around, some for rock-bottom prices. Some might crack jokes about how "God's waiting room" would be a perfect location for stores still carrying stuff as outdated as actual records. But we prefer to think that the Tampa Bay area still finds value in cool stuff that more superficial trendsetters choose to pass by.
Rolling Stone touts Tampa Bay's record stores
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