About Love Garden Sounds
Local Record Store in Lawrence, KS
Hours of OperationMonday: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Reviews of Love Garden Sounds in Lawrence, KS
- 515 Reviews
The store was the very first record store that I ever went to back in 2011. The best friend Chad introduced me to Love Garden Sounds and just because of the ever so expanding variety of what LGS.. I musically found myself here just in time to graduate high-school in 2012 and dive headfirst into the world punk and noise! LGS has vinyl and CDs GALORE! AND CASSETTES!New Arrivals regularly with vinyl, CDs and Cassettes! eNewsletter by email that I've been following for years. The staff are musical geniuses when it comes to being informed on what they have and just having a great discussion about damn near anything music. Massive Dollar Bin of Vinyl and CDs. You can find some serious gems within! Vinyl is what LGS specializes in the most- they've got a record selection unmatched by most record stores in the area. Same goes for their CDs! Tapes, the shelf of kinda small but it's understandable because tapes arent as popular as vinyl and CD. But the cassette tapes aren't hidden, they're in the dead center of the store! I NEED ATTENTION! HEHELove Garden is owned by Kelly, he's a cool guy and a nice friend- known him for over 10 years since I first started going. Dude knows music! And not just that but, LGS is astonishingly cheaper than what you'd expect. I found countless gems in Love Garden over the years that are more expensive online. When I said earlier that they have an ever expanding variety, damn near anything you can think of musically, they probably have it and if they don't have it they will probably order it for you. Lawrence is a College town after-all. Home to the legendary KU and also LGS is in the epicenter of a handful of highly reputable Venues where smaller and bigger artists regularly play. Liberty Hall, Bottleneck, Replay Lounge and The Granada! And I believe LGS has musicians play there sometimes..I remember that in the past.The store is spacious walking down the main part, they've got two turntables that you can use to demo used vinyl. Can't demo CDs or tapes, but they always check their stock and I've never bought any faulty products here. so in the front of their store, on the side they've got a bunch of sound systems, speakers, tape decks and all that sort of good stuff so not only can you buy your records here but you can also buy the equipment to play them and they're decently priced in my opinion. On the front desk there's always a bunch of scenes, you can buy stickers, lots of merchandise including shirts, sweatshirts, hats, pendants and all else in the back.Parking out front costs because of the parking meter but just park in the back as long as you're only there for 2 hours. Front and back entrance and exit. Public punk rock restroom in the basement is always clean! There's an abundance of posters that decorate the entire store, Love Garden is the ultimate space in Lawrence Kansas for music appreciation. LGS also has a damn good stock of LOCAL artists which I've dived heavily into!Man I could just keep writing positive things about Love Garden Sounds! Just a truly magnificent independently owned record store found it and based in Lawrence Kansas downtown Massachusetts Street since 1990 although they've changed locations once- I believe. I believe they used to be upstairs and down the street. Not sure where..I'm only familiar with them as they've been since 2011.Of all the places that I enjoy frequenting when I'm around, love garden is definitely one of them and I'm going to truly miss them when I leave the country. You also can buy from their Discogs and website and they'll ship to you!
Best selection in a 200 mile radius. Tons of new and used 33's and 45's available. The staff is always helpful and will take the time to point me in the right direction if I'm looking for something.My only wish is that I could be added to some sort of mailing list for when content from my favorite bands comes through so I can come snag it ASAP. Seriously, I'd pay for this kind of service, I need more exclusive AWOLNATION records.Thanks for everything folks.
This place is great. Been going to them since they were down the road in that loft.They always have cool music. Good metal, emo, pop punk, music on vinyl and CD.I wish the cassette tape section was bigger, but what can I expect.
My wallet tells me I should give them 1 star because this place drains it. Fantastic selection of both new and used vinyl. Grading on used records is almost always accurate. Constantly rotating stock that keeps me coming back. The pricing for used records is almost always on the money, if not generous. New records have a slight markup, but that is the honest price to pay to support your local business over a large corporation (*cough* Amazon *cough*). Only thing they lack is audiophile records (MoFi, Analogue Productions, etc), but that is such a niche and expensive market that I cannot fault them for it whatsoever (I'll also note that I've yet to come across a storefront that caters to that market in KS apart from the pressing plants in Salina). One of the best, if not the best, record store in the state.
I have been shopping at Love Garden since 1998. They have always had an amazing selection of new & used CDs & vinyl. With very healthy Electronic Music sections.And cats.