Best of Boston

2023 Best Record Store

Stereo Jack’s

When “Stereo” Jack Woker learned a weed dispensary would displace his Cambridge record store’s longtime Mass. Ave. storefront, it sadly seemed time to retire his 40-year-old vinyl business. But employee and drummer Chris Anzalone had a better idea, buying out Woker’s voluminous inventory, purchasing the Stereo Jack’s name, and relocating the operation to Somerville’s Ball Square. Now with Anzalone at the helm, Stereo Jack’s remains a veritable Boston music clubhouse, the kind of impeccably curated place where you could find the Britney Spears discography on wax one day and a stack of jazz-head idiosyncrasies the next.

736 Broadway, Somerville, 617-764-0284,