I grew up in Houston, Texas thrust into every genre of music from country to pop. I remember going into a place called, Sound Wherehouse on the weekend with my dad picking out music. I miss him so much and wish I could thank him for giving me those memories.

The Record Exchange in Boise is that spot for someone else and has been shutdown. That all changes this week as the Treasure Valley's only music store is back. The Record Exchange is a staple in Boise history since 1977.

I believe it's important to support local businesses like the Record Exchange to keep the industry alive. We get so much of our music from the radio, Spotify and the list goes on. I love that this spot gives the community a reason to show up, hang out, and put money back into our local friends. Whoa. I'm just thinking of my childhood of walking down aisles of music, picking them up, reading the details on new music, and asking my dad if we could buy it.

The Record Exchange opens with some changes like most businesses.

  • Hours: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily that includes the expresso bar.
  • Mask: You have to wear one because it's mandatory. If you don't have one that's okay because the Record Exchange will provide you with one.
  • Sanitize: Do this before entering and there will be hand sanitizer provided.
  • Social Distancing: Get comfortable with this and I think most of us are. There is a 6 feet minimum so shop nice.
  • Amount of customers invited in. 10 people at one time. This is another one of those things that are just important to be nice. If you come in groups please be aware.
  • Cashless only for now.
  • Backpacks and large bags need to be put on racks at entrance.
  • No dogs until further notice.

If you're not interested in all these precautions no worries. You can order online with a new app or on their website. Curbside is available.

All the details with extended rules below. Enjoy!