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What’s a halla?

What's in a Name? Val halla (val-hal-a) n. Norse mythology, the great hall of immortality in which the souls of warriors slain heroically were received by Odin and enshrined. Val's halla (val's-hal-a) n. The modest hall of mortals in which the "soul" of music lovers seeking…

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Elvis Shrine

All hail the King! It all started with an abandoned bathroom in the rear of the old store on South Blvd. The bathroom beckoned for recognition. It was, after all, in that dreaded bathroom in Memphis where the King had fallen. Perhaps the old bathroom…

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The Legendary Val

By any and all accounts, Val Camiletti was larger than life. When she passed away in 2018, many journalists and friends wrote eloquently of the legacy she left behind. Below are several excerpts from a story by journalist Mary Kroeck that appeared in NewCity Music…

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In The News

With a storied history in a culturally rich community, Val's halla has had its share of media coverage over the years. Explore some of the highlights below. Recent Media Coverage The Buzz on Val’s Halla Records Oak Park Arts District, January…

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The History of the Store

South Boulevard Location: 1972-2006 Val's halla was born July 26, 1972 following the demise of a small record chain that was managed by Val Camilletti from the same location since 1968. One week after the fall of the chain, Val was…

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Mission & Vision

A Mission of Inclusion Val's halla is guided by its mission to provide an intentionally inclusive and inter-generational space in which to cultivate a love for all music. A Vision of Community The team at Val's halla feel fortunate to work in a…

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