457 East 75th, (773) 874-4484
The old man was a trip back in the day. One time, because he was out of job applications, he had a kid self-design and fill out an application by hand—and still didn’t hire the kid. He was cold-blooded way before Rick James. But that never stopped the hundreds of people per week from copping the hottest of urban music from his 75th Street store. For more than fifty years, Fletcher’s has been the hole-in-the-wall record store that you go to first to get whatever is coming out next. He never leaks music, but he’s always so ahead of the game other record stores in the city go there to buy their retail. And he probably makes them fill out applications, too—because old man Fletcher is still a trip.
Updated June 2014