I noticed a lot of people griping about Hastings stores possibly closing in Lubbock. Why? Ralph's Records has been here and it still here. Plus, it's a local business, and could soon be the last man standing.

Ralph's Records has been a Lubbock fixture for decades. I went there to trade cassettes and records before anybody even knew what CDs or MP3s were. They used to have a really cool location in an old building on University before they opened the pink 82nd street location. But they've always been the same business giving the same deals to Lubbock.

And Ralph actually lives here, too. Your money stays here in town when you buy sell or trade at Ralph's. He's the guy that comes into your bar and tips you enough to buy more music from him. Which is actually not that much since his stuff is pretty cheap.

Plus, unlike some the other places, Ralph's pays cash. No worries about gift cards that expire, or now become useless when the store closes for good. Ralph's has games, vinyl records, CDs, cassettes, game consoles, books, t-shirts, collectibles, one-of-a-kind items, special orders, 8-tracks (I think they still have those), 45s, movies and a ton more.

Ralph was doing artist in-store acoustic sessions and autographs 30 years ago, and they still are.

So be honest, when was the last time you went into Hastings? I can't remember. But I can remember the last time I went to Ralph's. Especially because they sell concert tickets, too. So don't get too ticked off that one business who never really could figure out what they were trying to sell might be leaving. Instead, be excited that a local business has always been, and is, still standing.

Besides, who wouldn't want to hang out with this guy?

Ralph's Via Facebook
Ralph's Via Facebook
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