Music lovers of all stripes are sure to feel at home at Black Noise Records. This new addition to downtown Bellingham buys, sells, and trades vinyl– but you don’t have to be a seasoned collector to appreciate what they have to offer.  

“If you’re trying to get into record collecting, our store is great because there’s something for everybody,” says founder and co-owner Nico Sanchez. “There’s titles that anybody in any demographic can enjoy.” 

Nico is also a producer and musician, and he originally established Black Noise Records as an independent record label. The project served to unite a diverse collective of local musicians, and as it grew, Nico says that opening a brick-and-mortar record store felt like a natural evolution.  

The endeavor is a collaboration between Nico and his sister, Alex, who manages Black Noise’s general business operations.  

Exclusive releases from local musicians on the Black Noise record label are available for purchase, but the shop’s inventory mostly relies on records brought in by Bellingham residents. Because of this, Nico says that the shop is a good reflection of the community. 

“People have been consistently buying stuff and bringing stuff in, so it definitely confirmed my beliefs that a record store would do well in this town,” he says. “It’s appreciated, needed, and we’re super excited to be here and share music with the community.” 1230 Bay St., Bellingham, 360.325.7808,