Own what you love!

From all of us at Record Archive, we wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving! We will be closed on November 24th to give our awesome staff the day to celebrate with friends & family.

We’ll see you all bright and early on Black Friday (RSD) Nov 25th! We open at 9 am!

11.25.22 – Black Friday 9am-7pm
You’ve filled yourself to the brim with stuffing and gravy, now it’s time to fill up on music as well! Nov. 25th is Black Friday, and Record Archive is here to keep you busy with the family after all the doorbusters.
We’ll be opening an hour early at 9am, and have TONS of exclusive Record Store Day Black Friday vinyl releases as well as our famous dollar records and the prize wheel!. Ithaca Brewing Co & 42 North Brewing Co will be on hand doing beer tastings.
Vinyl not your speed? We’ll have live music with Kire Najdovski Band at 2PM, then The John Payton Project at 4pm. 
Don’t miss out on this incredible all day Black Friday celebration!

11.30.22 – Wed. Happy Hour 6-8pm
Fornieri Brothers
Long time veterans of the Rochester NY Music Scene, Joe and Pete Fornieri front this high-powered ensemble of Rock and Soul, with a bunch of blues thrown in for good measure.


Record Archive
33 1/3 Rockwood St.
Rochester, NY 14610

WED: 10AM-9PM / SUN: 12PM-5PM

Record Archive has been a music & entertainment destination in Rochester since 1975. Specializing in vintage vinyl, our 13,000 sq. ft. record store includes all of the latest music releases on CD & vinyl, as well as unique gifts & toys, vintage clothing & furniture, t-shirts, souvenirs, 1000’s of movies, audio equipment, and much more!

We are the first record store in the North East to have a full time beer and wine license which enables our visitors to sip and shop (temporararily suspended due to covid, bar remains open), throw a party or simply enjoy our many free live music events that we host each and every week.

Music lifts you up, comforts you when you’re down, inspires & motivates. We are passionate about what we do. Thank you for your continued support of the Record Archive for 45+ years! -Alayna Alderman & Richard Storms

Please call us to shop our current store inventory. We can help you shop over the phone, schedule a curbside pick up or mail it out to you.

If you prefer your order shipped, please visit us at shop.recordarchive.com or click the button below to explore our full online selection. Our online inventory differs from our in-store inventory, so we encourage you to take a look at our offering of vinyl, vintage clothes, gifts, Record Archive merchandise, and more.



12.08.22 – Stephen Kellogg w/ Lee Totten opening @ The Record Archive Backroom Lounge
Tickets available in store or online HERE

$3.00 service charge on all tickets.



12.08.22 – Stephen Kellogg w/ Lee Totten opening @ The Record Archive Backroom Lounge
Get tickets HERE

For lovers of vinyl and eclectic stuff, go to the Record Archive. They have pretty much any kind of music you want, tons of it and I have yet to meet anybody there who wasn’t great to deal with. – Donovan Williams

I love this store… just make sure you allow yourself plenty of space to lose track of time, as you inevitably will here. Great selection and they have a lot of things you can’t find anywhere else. Plus, the staff is friendly and knowledgeable. – Holly Sykes

It’s the best place to find rare singles and albums for your favorite artists, and movies that you can’t find in Walmart’s $5 bin since 2013 – Jordan Smeatin

Record Archive was great! They have a large collection of CDs, DVDs, vinyl, and other stuff! The cashiers were super nice to me and my group of friends. I highly recommend going there. – Julia Barrett

Established in 1975, Record Archive is a proud member of CIMS!

The Coalition of Independent Music Stores (CIMS) is a collective of 40 independently owned record stores in 25 states throughout the country.

CIMS was the first record store coalition — founded in 1995. We are co-founding members of Record Store Day and long-time members of the Music Business Association.

We are also the owners of the independent distribution company, ThinkIndie that we founded in 2002. We are not a chain, but a coalition of locally owned record stores working together for the betterment and support of each other, our industry, the artists we love, and the music fans that make this all possible.

CIMS works on behalf of our member stores to broker marketing campaigns. We are the liaison between each individual independent store and the artist’s record label. We pride ourselves on creative marketing strategies that are based on years of proven results combined with new media technologies.

The stores that make up CIMS to are all very different, but we share the same desire – to be the heart of our communities, to super-serve our customers and to share our love of music. Our stores are found in major cities, college towns, bustling suburbs, and tourist meccas. We range from massive storefronts to hidden neighborhood gems – we can guarantee that no two are alike. You will find a deep catalog, rare imports, and the broadest music selection available in our stores – we pride ourselves on that.

Many of our stores even carry audio equipment (turntables, speakers, headphones, etc.), music and feature film DVDs, and music paraphernalia such as vintage clothing, t-shirts, posters, figurines, toys, and the like. Some also function as live music venues and gift shops. The stores that make up our coalition are consistently honored in “Best Of” record store lists by national publications such as Rolling Stone, Paste Magazine, Pitchfork.com, USA Today, The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.



Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat: 10am-7pm
Wed: 10am-9pm
Sun: 12pm-5pm



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