Celebrate Record Store Day in Northwest Washington

Vinyl enthusiasts, clear your calendars. Record Store Day is April 16, 2016, and hundreds of record stores are celebrating nationwide. In Washington state, you can celebrate in Seattle or head even further northwest to Anacortes and Bellingham. The following three independent northwest record stores have signed "the pledge" to act in the spirit of Record Store Day, and will be offering promotions and events on April 16.

The Business
Kinda sorta but not really into Record Store Day? Join the club. The Business in Anacortes also feels mighty conflicted about it, as they explain in an eye-opening tweet. Founded in 1978, The Business has stood the test of time. And while they think Record Store Day is great and all, they're "honestly dreading it". The bottom line? Get out there and support your local independent record stores every day - not just once a year.

Avalon Records
In Bellingham, Avalon is throwing a full-day party for Record Store Day. Live music starts at noon and goes all afternoon with five bands - including local funk/soul favorite Baby Cakes - bringing the tunes. Deals include $2 off all used LPs ($2.99 and up), special one-day sales on new LPs, and half-off $0.99 vinyl. More than just a record store, Avalon offers a wide variety of smoke accessories including pipes and vaporizers.

Everyday Music
An independently-owned "chain", Bellingham's Everyday Music is one of five stores operating in the Pacific Northwest. It's easy to browse for hours with their wide selection of new and used vinyl. Everyday Music is anticipating long lines on Record Store Day, so show up early and enjoy the complimentary coffee.

Elizabeth Station
Not a record store but always looking for a reason to celebrate, Elizabeth Station is holding a
Dogfish Head Record Store Day 2016 tapping event. The featured Dogfish Head brew is "Beer To Drink Music To", a Belgian-style Tripel inspired by REM, The Beatles, Talking Heads, and Phish. Scored some sweet vinyl on Record Store Day? Elizabeth Station is the perfect stop for a celebration pint.

Brandon Fralic is a Bellingham-based freelance writer. With a focus on the outdoors, travel, and craft beer, he has contributed to a handful of publications including Washington Trails, Whatcom Talk, and Outdoor Project.