If you love vinyl records and music with an edge, you're in for a treat at Red Zeppelin Records.
The downtown McKinney shop, which opened in 2020, is the creation of Katie Scott, who also owns The Groovy Coop in McKinney.
During COVID, Scott got the opportunity to open Red Zeppelin Records and she's so glad she took the leap of faith.
Check Out DFW caught up with Scott to learn more about her background, her love for music and her record store.
Tell us about your background
I grew up in Longview, where I was introduced to a variety of music at an early age. I was a classically trained pianist from the age of 5 and was active in the school band through high school. My brother received an electric guitar for his 13th birthday which then broadened my taste into heavy metal and punk.
My parents gave me their records when I moved out and that is where my love for and collection of vinyl began. I went to UNT where my taste was expanded even more, especially into post-punk and dark and new wave. I used my degree in counseling for several years including teaching 9th grade for Allen ISD, but decided I wanted to, with the support of my family and friends, pursue my dream of being a business owner. I opened my first store, The Groovy Coop, in 2015 and followed that by opening Red Zeppelin Records in 2020.
Tell us about the history of the business
I knew I wanted to open a separate store specifically for records, specifically in downtown McKinney, but was waiting for the right location to come available. It just happened to occur during the early part of the pandemic, but I could not pass on such a great spot. We opened the store in July of 2020, won Best Record Store according to the Dallas Observer that fall, and expanded into the location next to us in January of 2022.