In a world dominated by massive, homogeneous chains and online services, Boise's Record Exchange is the little guy who survived and, in the process, kept Boise's music scene fresh and unique. This is where you're going to discover bands you've never heard of alongside those rocking the charts. It's where you can catch a stripped-down, live performance by an artist who will make everyone you know jealous when you tell them you saw So-and-So before he or she made it big. That's why, despite being one of the few locally owned, independent record stores left, Record Exchange always deserves to be on top of this category. 1105 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-344-8010, therecordexchange.com.
Second Place: Dunkley Music, dunkleymusic.com