Experience Sarasota: Vatican City Vinyl

Experience Sarasota: Vatican City Vinyl

Our Father, who art in Heaven Vinyl be thy name.

Holy Hell. The Vatican Arrives in Sarasota.

You’ll be hard pressed to find the pope wandering down South Washington Boulevard anytime soon, but you will discover regular confessions at Vatican City Vinyl Records where local music junkies are welcomed with open arms.

With racks of records containing a diversity of music (think Crystal Gale sharing space with local indie band, Gutchugger), owners Katie Booth and her fiancé Christian Downing offer vintage vinyl-starved Sarasotans the opportunity to pick up some second-hand sounds and connect to the city’s indie music landscape, too.

Flicking through some jazz and blues LPs was first-time customer, 19 year-old Joe Lipstein, a recent convert to what he calls, “vinyl’s authenticity of sound. It’s warm, ya know.”

“We just wanted to create a community of like-minded people who love music in all forms,” explained Booth. “It’s a pleasure to talk to the customers who come into the store because we all learn from each other.”

The couple also plan to host a series of live performances in the New Year. “I know the store’s space is cramped,” says Booth. “But we invited local performers including Buffalo Wizard and Lisa Silvermore the store’s grand opening, and the concept was really popular.” 

Although Booth admits that she and Downing shared an initial reluctance to start a business in Sarasota, it’s a choice that has paid big-time dividends.

“We were thinking of moving to a city like Milwaukee where there’s more of an established music scene,” said Booth. “But the store has been such a success since we opened last October, we’re both glad to have grasped this opportunity.”


404 South Washington Boulevard


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