Time travel seems real when shopping Miss Henny Penny’s Groovy Coop and Red Zeppelin Records in historic downtown McKinney. The two vintage boutiques with eclectic vibes are helping some relive the past, while allowing others to discover it.
Both stores take shoppers back to the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s.
The Groovy Coop offers a mix of funky, retro-inspired gift items. Mugs, stickers, T-shirts, posters, art, socks, jewelry, books, incense, and semi-precious stones are new objects that inspire individuality, creativity, and fond memories.
Shoppers also find artifacts that miraculously survived the decades. Metal lunch boxes decorated with Snoopy or Cinderella, macrame handbags, vintage Starline luggage, and many other relics adorning the Coop are awaiting a second or third life in a new home.
The Crewel Corner at Groovy Coop displays several hand-stitched crewel embroidery designs. All are one-of-a-kind pieces that will never appear in the store again. Many shoppers dig the authentic mid-century furniture. Their solid wood and detailed construction put modular furniture to shame.
The Coop’s funky, eclectic mix makes shopping fun. Everyone finds something that speaks to them, rousing memories of days gone by. Call it serendipity, karma, or just groovy. Even those who think shopping is a chore find amusement while browsing the boutique.
The Coop celebrates its fifth anniversary this year. Customer reviews give the store consistent five-star ratings for variety, quality, and service.
“I love The Groovy Coop for the cool, funky stationery and socks. It has a seriously cool vibe and something for everyone,” Sarah Erickson says.
Monica Milner Reasor says she and her daughter shop the Coop often.
“The owners are awesome,” Reasor says. “They went the extra mile for my daughter, and we won’t forget that. Love going here every chance we get.”
The Coop previously sold vinyl records, but sales were so good that owner Katie Scott opened a second store named Red Zeppelin Records dedicated solely to the once-forgotten music medium.
Red Zeppelin opened earlier this year and celebrated its grand opening in September. So far, they’ve enjoyed a smashing success.
The quixotic allure of vinyl requires some explaining. Vinyl’s popularity seems to reach all ages from today’s teenage punk fans to Gen Z and X-ers to Baby Boomers.
Vinyl albums offer a physical experience that music streaming doesn’t. Browsing album covers encourages exposure to new artists and genres. People use tactile senses to hold an album, appreciate the cover art, and turn it over to find other details — song titles, lyrics, band members’ names, and more.
There’s also the possibility of surprise when looking inside a vinyl album. The record’s color, the printed label or inner sleeves, posters, lyric sheets, and booklets offer a context for discovering new music.
Used CDs, stickers, refrigerator magnets, posters, patches, pins, and T-shirts sell alongside the long, browsable shelves of vinyl albums.
Red Zeppelin’s potpourri of music genres represents a variety of retro music. The best sellers are rock, metal, punk, pop, blues, hip hop, and grunge. The store also carries some classic country, movie soundtracks, and albums by local artists.
Themed social media posts on Facebook and Instagram show a continuous stream of albums arriving weekly.
Themes are Metal Monday, Punk Tuesday, Women in Music Wednesday, and Grunge Thursday. On Fridays, the store receives deliveries of new releases and originals.
Red Zeppelin shoppers write glowing reviews for the store on Facebook.
“If you’re looking for eclectic selection, you’ve found it. If they don’t have it in stock, they can attempt to order it for you,” Sean Kershaw says.
“Absolutely love the store, the selection and the staff. Highly recommend,” Kyle Krukar says.
“Cool vibe, great music, and great selection. My new record store for sure,” Ryan Oliver says.
Miss Henny Penny’s Groovy Coop is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The address is 109 S. Tennessee Street, McKinney, Texas, 75069. Call (469) 617-3820 for more information or visit their Facebook page @thegroovycoop.
Red Zeppelin Records is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. The store is located at 206 E. Louisiana Street. McKinney, Texas, 75069. For information, visit www.redzeppelinrecords.com, call (469) 500-7277.