You are viewing this article in the archives. For the latest breaking news and updates in Ann Arbor and the surrounding area, see
Posted on Wed, Sep 15, 2010 : 3:48 p.m.

Rolling Stone lists Encore Recordings among the best record stores in USA

By Jenn McKee


Encore Recordings, at 417 East Liberty Street.

Rolling Stone magazine just named Ann Arbor’s Encore Recordings among the 25 Best Record Stores in the USA.

“Somebody e-mailed me about it a couple of hours ago,” said owner Pete Dale on Wednesday. “I didn’t know anything about it until this afternoon.”

Plus, the e-mail didn’t come from the iconic magazine’s staff, but rather a friend of one of the store’s employees, who spotted the RS list online.

“We would have been completely oblivious, which wouldn’t have been the first time,” joked Dale.

Encore, which primarily sells used CDs and vinyl records from its 417 E. Liberty storefront, has previously appeared on a few “best of” lists before, but nothing of such national notoriety.

In its mention of the store, Rolling Stone wrote: "Encore makes a lasting impression on buyers just passing through Ann Arbor (in addition to inspiring loyalty in locals) thanks to its seemingly endless stacks of used vinyl and CDs, as well as plenty of new stuff, particularly from local and regional artists old (Ann Arbor's own Stooges are represented heavily and well) and new (there's plenty from Wolf Eyes and other related noise acts). The store's appeal isn't limited to recordings — there's an impressive 'zine selection as well as memorabilia, in case you have an entire day to kill."


Owner Pete Dale inside Encore Recordings last year.

Angela J. Cesere | file photo

“It’s very flattering,” said Dale. “We always have people who come in from out of town and give us compliments, but it’s nice to get it from a source like Rolling Stone. Ann Arbor’s always been a good town for records. There are other good stores around, too. But (Encore being on this list) is good for Ann Arbor. Most of the stores on the list are in bigger cities, so it’s nice to have a smaller town represented.”

Indeed, some of the other stores on the list are located in New York, Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Seattle.

And given the fact that Dale was surprised by Encore’s appearance on the RS list, he’s unaware as to who or what ultimately earned the store a place on it.

“I have no idea,” said Dale. “It came out of the blue. But it’s a pleasant surprise.”

Jenn McKee is the entertainment digital journalist for Reach her at or 734-623-2546, and follow her on Twitter @jennmckee.


E. Manuel Goldstein

Fri, Sep 17, 2010 : 7:28 p.m.

Yeah, Encore is certainly one of the best used record/media stores in the whole US, deserving of recognition by Rolling Stone. And, yes, don't forget PJ's or Wazoo Records either.

thomas h blaske

Thu, Sep 16, 2010 : 4:55 p.m.

Congrats to Encore, but there is another in town which also is terrific, though maybe less well known, even though they've been around longer. Check out PJ's, above campus corner & the pastry peddler. Ask for Jeff Taras. REALLY knows his stuff. A truly great guy, & incredibly knowledgable.


Thu, Sep 16, 2010 : 2:04 p.m.

Yay Encore! About time they earned some real recognition the way some of Ann Arbor's other gems (Zingerman's, Michigan Theater, etc.) always do.


Thu, Sep 16, 2010 : 8:46 a.m.

A well deserved shout out! plus, they had the Papillon as Head Greeter. Congrats!


Wed, Sep 15, 2010 : 7:13 p.m.

Well-deserved for an excellent place to find almost any kind of music in any format. Our kids make Encore one of their regular stops, and Pete and his staff treat everyone with respect and are very knowledgeable and helpful.

Roger LeLievre

Wed, Sep 15, 2010 : 5:55 p.m.

As we have known all along... a great record and everything else store. Congratulations Peter and everyone associated with Encore.