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Celebrate Record Store Day with Jesse Carl Vinyl

Owner Jessi Zilka shared how you can support this local shop during the international Record Store Day event.

Vinyl records categorized by genre at Jesse Carl Vinyl in Lakeland, FL

There’s a record for every music lover at Jesse Carl Vinyl.

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Saturday, April 20 is Record Store Day (RSD), an annual event held by independent record stores to celebrate music and show support for local shops. The event has become a worldwide sensation, spreading from Baltimore to San Francisco, and even making its way to Lakeland. We asked Jessi Zilka, owner of Jesse Carl Vinyl, what you can expect locally on Record Store Day. (We recommend listening to her favorite record of all time, “Ten” by Pearl Jam, while you read.)

This is Jesse Carl Vinyl’s eighth year participating in RSD. The shop will offer special releases of records by diverse artists, plus pre-owned music. Everything is first-come, first-served, so arrive early if there’s something on the list you hope to snag.

Special editions of vinyl records available for sale on Record Store Day at Jesse Carl Vinyl

Find limited edition and exclusive pressings of records by your favorite artists.

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You may remember when Jesse Carl Vinyl began as a booth at the Downtown Farmers Curb Market around eight years ago. Record Store Day has helped the shop form even more connections with the Lakeland community.

“We’ve made countless loyal customers through Record Store Day,” says Zilka. “We feel connecting with people and fulfilling a need for them long term is the ultimate success story for our relationship with RSD.”

The front entrance and outside window of Jesse Carl Vinyl in downtown Lakeland, FL

Pro tip: Line up early on Record Store Day for the best shot at your favorite album.

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Ready to shop? The store will be open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday at 304 N. Kentucky Ave., Ste. 1150. Line up early if there’s an album you can’t live without, or stop by the shop Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. to browse the rest of the records.

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