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Elvis Shrine

Several years ago, an abandoned bathroom in the rear of the store beckoned for recognition. It was, after all, in that dreaded bathroom in Memphis where the King had fallen. Perhaps our old bathroom might pay homage. A gurgling fountain, black velvet tapestry, a pair of Elvis socks, multitudes of articles confirming His reincarnation, rare and precious samples of his artistry abound — providing a comforting respite for the weary...


Support Local Artists

Promoting local recordings has been a mission at Val’s halla since our beginnings almost 40 years ago. Since the days of homegrown 45’s and LP’s, we have welcomed and displayed the work of performers’ self produced artistry. With the advent of personal websites, it has become much easier for bands and individual musicians to expose their art to the general public, but there is nothing as satisfying as walking...


Ever Changing Updates and Tidbits

After ten years, we’ve settled nicely into our “new” home in the Arts District of Oak Park. Our airier location has allowed us to offer some new goodies that didn’t fit in our beloved alley on South Boulevard. BOOKS & MAGAZINES: A wide array of paper collectibles from 60’s Beatles fanzines to opera hardcover books to rare back issues of Mojo, and even some concert programs and other oddities. Come see....


About Val's halla Records

Val’s halla was born July 26, 1972 following the demise of a small record chain I had managed from the same location since 1968. One week after the fall of the chain, I was able to lease the empty location that had been my home for almost five years and — with the all-volunteer efforts of former employees — literally brought a myth to life. After almost four decades in our original home on South blvd, the spectre of...