25 Regent Road, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 1RX
Opening Hours:Weds to Fri 10-5, Saturdays 10-3, Sunday 11-4
Like most smaller towns, Altrincham has seen record shops come and go. Older readers will recall it had a Virgin Records in the town centre, a branch of Omega Records, Double Four and several others. More recently, Beatnik, Honey Bee and Soda have come and gone all too quickly – all victims not of the desire for Records and music in Alty, but what we might call “complex trading conditions” in a town which is constantly held up as an exemplar of how a failing town centre can be revived . No doubt it’s become a Food & Drink hotspot but that’s presented it’s own challenges for independent retailers. But like all good towns, Altrincham must have a Record Shop, it’s the law! Out of the demise of Soda, a new venture Tasty Records has now fetched up in what used to be an old antiques shop. Gone are the comics, trading cards and other ephemera that Soda sold – it’s strictly vinyl now. It’s a small place but main man Ben has done a good job of laying out the shop so it’s easy to work your away around a very substantial amount of Vinyl. There are some new and reissued items and the shop takes part in Record Store Day but the vast majority is second hand so there’s plenty of pre-loved tunes for digging into. The main racks are the classic rock, pop and soul sections you’d expect and there’s a Indie/Alternative enclave and a bit of dance/electronic stuff and of course there’s a bargain area for those who like to root out the cut price classics. The shop is just across the road from the thriving Market area and in a great little spot so hopefully it should do well and the place was buzzing on my visit and plenty of stuff to go at so if you’re planning to get yer Foodie Fix in Altrincham you can fill yer Vinyl boots here too.