Woman-owned music shop Red Zeppelin Records offers eclectic selection in downtown McKinney

Red Zeppelin Records’ staff includes clerk Declan Williamson, owner Katie Scott and manager Bayleigh Cheek. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)

When customers enter Red Zeppelin Records, among the first things they see are posters of musicians like Queen, Dr. Dre and the Lemonheads. That range of musical styles is indicative of the store and its customer base, owner Katie Scott said.

“A beautiful thing about it is there isn’t one set demographic for us because everybody loves music,” Scott said. “We pride ourselves on our [selection’s] diversity.”

Located just off the downtown McKinney Square, Red Zeppelin opened in July 2020. Scott said she opened the shop after seeing the interest in the vinyl she stocked at her other downtown McKinney business, the vintage boutique The Groovy Coop.

Thanks to Red Zeppelin’s success, Scott recently took over the space next door to the shop and expanded its floorplan. That allowed her to add more records, CDs and cassette tapes for now, but Scott said she has further plans for the added space in the future.

“Expanded retail for now and then next year we’ll turn [the store] into a bar [and music] venue as well,” she said.

Bayleigh Cheek, who manages the record shop, will likely be one of the first people to play on the planned stage, as she is one of four artists signed to Scott’s music label, which is also called Red Zeppelin Records. Scott formed the label earlier this year to release music from North Texas artists such as Cheek.

The store is next gearing up for the Black Friday version of Record Store Day on Nov. 26. The semi-annual shopping event features a variety of limited-edition vinyl pressings that are provided for sale exclusively at independent music shops such as Red Zeppelin.

“Black Friday is not nearly as big as the regular Record Store Day [in April],” Scott said. “But this year, Record Store Day was huge [for us]. People lined up around the corner.”

Scheduled releases include vinyl from artists including Jimi Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac, Billie Eilish and Dio. However, due to the limited nature of the releases, Scott said there are no guarantees of what the store will receive or be able to keep in stock for Black Friday.

“The cool thing about us is [that] we’re still kind of underground,” she said. “Our true fans know [that] if you come here, you’re probably more likely to get something.”

Red Zeppelin Records

206 E. Louisiana St., Ste. A, McKinney



Hours: Mon.-Thu. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m.