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[AROUND TOWN] Variety is the shopper’s playlist at Cheapo Records

Andrew Lipinsky
QUALITY WAX. Cheapo Records in Saint Paul has a nice feeling to it, along with a great variety of records.

Cheapo Records Since its opening in 2009, Cheapo Records in St. Paul has become a well-hidden spot to find good vinyl records and posters. Cheapo Records on an afternoon after school does not disappoint.

Located at 71 Snelling Ave N, the store has a pretty exciting and diverse selection of vinyl for a relatively small store. With the vinyl being separated into sections by genre and subgenres, it was not hard to find records that were already well-known and loved. It would also be easy to find some new albums to listen to by browsing through specific subgenres.

The store in St. Paul is only one of three locations that Cheapo Records has in the Twin Cities: one in Minneapolis, one in Blaine, and of course, the one in St. Paul. The storefront in St. Paul is a combination of the two previous stores that were in St. Paul, as they merged into one store in 2013, with a little bit more room for vinyl and merchandise.

Cheapo has a decent amount of Punk Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative rock, and other subgenres of rock.

For the overall diversity of music in the store, it was very strong. It covered a lot of different types of music and was organized well. Some sections were better than others for the amount of vinyl they had. The best sections were Classic and Modern rock. In these sections, there was a decent amount of Punk Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative rock, and other subgenres of rock all in these two large sections.

There were also records from the 1960s all the way to the modern day in this section.

The most lackluster section was the Electronic section. With only five or six rows of Electronic vinyl, there were not that many options. They also had only one or two subgenres of Electronic in the section, with the majority of vinyl being generic dance music from the ’90s and early 2000s.

Cheapo Records is a great neighborhood spot for vinyl and merchandise in the neighborhood to check out if you have not yet. The pricing was reasonable on records with prices ranging from ten dollars to one hundred dollars for special finds. The customer service was also lovely and everybody seemed very welcoming in the store. Stop by Cheapo to talk with people who share a passion for the artists and bands that you love.

Address: 71 Snelling Ave N, St Paul, MN 55104

Monday -Sunday – 10 AM–9 PM

Phone: (651) 644-8981


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Andrew Lipinsky
Andrew Lipinsky, A&E Editor
My name is Andrew Lipinsky(He/Him). I am an A&E editor for RubicOnline. At school, I play on the soccer and golf teams. I love listening to music. I can be reached at [email protected].

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