Rooky Ricardo’s Records

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Rooky Ricardo’s Records
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Decked with neon paint and candy-colored string lights, this store is the whimsical vision of owner Dick Vivian. He launched the shop 30 years ago with a stash of 3,500 records, which he gamely offered for $2 a pop. Today his trove numbers over 40,000, with a specialty in oldies and girl-groups from the ‘50s and ‘60s, particularly 45s. (“SOUL” is spelled out in glowing letters on one wall.) You can browse to your heart’s content, but the best way to shop here is to bring in a list of bands and let Dick steer you in the right direction. He’s a human Pandora of music from the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s. Want a glimpse into Vivian’s own prized collection? Pick up one of his homemade mix CDs near the register.

By: Lauren Sheber

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Venue name: Rooky Ricardo’s Records
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Address: 448 Haight St
San Francisco

Opening hours: Daily 12pm-6pm
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