Miyagi Records

The Japanese surname Miyagi translates to “shrine fortress,” and that’s how co-owners Nigel Ridgeway and Marco Jacobo see their new record shop, which began as an online-only store in 2019 but opened a brick-and-mortar location in April: a place to both honor and protect the music they love, some of it made not too far from their small but mighty space on Washington Park’s Arts Block. (I picked up a Curtis Mayfield album missing from my collection.) Ridgeway and Jacobo are also DJs, and the store’s sanely priced vinyl collection, nearly all used, is one of the best curated I’ve seen when it comes to soul, funk, and jazz. In a city already second to none in the United States for record stores, that’s no small feat. 307 E. Garfield Blvd., Washington Park