Crates Records & Gear was founded in the fall of 2016 when co-owners Serg & Todd decided to invest their own hard earned money to open a record shop in their hometown of Sunnyslope, AZ. Having both grown-up in the neighborhood and sharing a passion for music, the two decided to venture into the retail business with a unique mindset – they wanted to create not just the stereotypical record store, but rather a place where people could come to enjoy the atmosphere and scenery while having a one-of-a-kind shopping experience.
Serg had been an active record collector for many years, dating all the way back to his youth and the time when hip hop culture and his graffiti crew TCBK were a major influence on his life. Becoming an MC was a natural progression for Serg aka “Amoe Rock” and it’s no surprise that he’s continued to carry that passion for music and culture over to his new career at Crates Records & Gear.
Todd grew up in the Slope and spent most of his adult life working in the construction business. When Serg approached Todd about the idea of opening a record shop, he quickly jumped on board and has played an integral role in the ongoing development of Crates. He’s also the shop’s executive chef (aka Big Tasty) and can often be found grilling it up on the BBQ for special events.
With one of the largest selections of vinyl records for sale in all genres, Crates Records & Gear is helping fill a void left in Arizona’s retail music industry by providing quality service and a growing collection of new and used records and gear. Stop by the shop today and take a look at everything we have to offer. You’re sure to find something to satisfy your taste!