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Shangri-La Records

Memphis, TN

These walls have seen it all. Shangri-la Records is now a local landmark, stuffed to the rafters with vinyl, CDs, DVDs and memorabilia, but it was originally a house and after that, a relaxation center with flotation tanks and "brain tuners." ("Goggles would flash lights around your eyes and play soft music," Shangri-La owner Jared McStay explains dubiously.) Even without the new-age accoutrements, Shangri-La has enough good vibrations: it's affiliated with beloved local label Shangri-La Projects; McStay performs with wife Lori in a popular local rock band, the Wuvbirds; and the store's stock covers all genres but places proud emphasis in the musical history of Memphis. Blues, country, and rock fans flock to Shangri-La – it's practically their civic duty.

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