BEST CD STORE (NEW) - 2002
Long before High Fidelity, music-store clerks had generated a bad rep, sometimes justified, sometimes not. The Fetus maintains a high-quality staff (many members of which play a major role in keeping the local music scene wobbling along) and consistently restocks its wide-ranging shelves (which feature the most expansive jazz, rap, and rock selection anywhere in the state). Not only can these folks often answer the most specialized question you have, they can answer your ultra-dumb ones, too. If they do consider you a moron, you'll never know, and that's the essence of great customer service. Don't overlook the cutout section, chock full of prime discontinued titles. And don't forget to browse through the assorted-goods section of the store, featuring novelty gift items, dorm-ready posters, funky lighters, and funny pipes. The sweet incense they keep over there will linger long after you leave.