"We try to be more than just a store — more like a hub of music," Gabriel Garrity, an employee of Schoolkids Records, said.
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Though Schoolkids Records has operated in the Triangle for nearly 50 years, its Chapel Hill location opened in 2016.
As a founding member of the Coalition of Independent Music Stores, Schoolkids Records' website claims to help local bands, including Archers of Loaf and Superchunk, gain traction among listeners.
The store has worked with Merge Records, an independent record label based in Durham. Merge Records' roster includes artists such as Arcade Fire, Neutral Milk Hotel and the Mountain Goats.
Schoolkids Records also has its own record label with over twenty signed artists.
“I think that we really make an effort to try to keep the culture alive,” Garrity said. “(We are) constantly partnering with local artists, doing shows here, selling their stuff and giving back to the culture.”
Schoolkids Records is located at 405-C W. Franklin St.