It all began in 1972.  To be factually accurate, it began several years before as NMC Discount Records, but for what we now know as Val’s halla Records, this July marks the big 50.

Celebrate with them:

The first item up is our SHARE A MEMORY project.  If there is one thing Val was known for, it was telling stories.  Please share a memory or two from the last 50 yrs. Val stories, music stories, pet stories, whatever you’ve got! We can’t think of a better way to honor Val than by telling stories.  CLICK HERE to share.

Next, they are compiling a list of the Favorite 50 albums of Val’s halla customers from the last 50 years, so they need your input! Please nominate an album (or many) to be considered for this list. Later in the year, they will compile all of the nominees and take a vote, so CLICK HERE and get nominating!

A photo was taken on the last day at the old store and it was amazing. They are hoping to create a little photo magic again this year. If you were an employee of Val’s halla Records, a friend of Val, or anyone who has been impacted by this amazing place (they are going to need a wide lens), they’d love for you to join them. Tentatively, they are hoping to take a picture in the morning on Sat, Jul 30th before a huge day of festivities. To start, they want to start gathering contact information for everyone, so please CLICK HERE to sign up and they will keep you posted! Please forward this to anyone you can think of and don’t assume they have already contacted someone!

They are having a kickoff party – ‘Cue the Record in partnership with our friends from Fitzgerald’s and BABYGOLD BARBEQUE.  How does this sound? Your $39 ticket gets you:

  • All You Can Eat BBQ
  • A night of amazing music spinning  on sweet, sweet vinyl.  All selections curated from Val’s staff will be from the year it all began…1972. 
  • The Val’s halla shop inside of BABYGOLD BARBEQUE will be open for business and just might have some specialties to add to your collection!

The event will be held at BABYGOLD BARBEQUE located at 6613 Roosevelt Rd, Berwyn, IL 60402. This amazing event may sell out, so CLICK HERE and get your tickets today.  It’s time to treat yourself.