Jun 2, 2022 - Business

New vinyl records and coffee shop to open in Minneapolis this summer

Animated illustration of a golden coin on a record player spinning as if it were a vinyl record.

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

A combination record store-coffee shop is opening in south Minneapolis this summer, joining a growing number of businesses adding java to attract daily visitors.

Driving the news: Colin Wilkinson and Joel Eckerson, the owners of online shop Disco Death Records, are opening a physical location next month, with an expansive record and cassette collection, a film lab and an in-house coffee shop.

  • The pair previously ran the all-things-analog store Dead Media, which closed in May 2020.

What they're saying: "We didn’t want to do a record store again," Eckerson told Axios. "It's fun, but it's not a completely self-sustaining affair. Coffee is another source of income that brings people in, who then find and shop our records."

The big picture: Adding cafes to get more people through the door isn't a new concept, but it's becoming increasingly popular, especially for businesses that might not have steady flows of frequent customers.

What to expect: Beans from Misfit Coffee, including a special blend just for Disco Death, themed specialty drinks and a wide variety of analog media.

📍 721 26th St. W., Minneapolis.

The exterior of a gray building with a sign reading Disco Death Records.
The exterior of Disco Death Records as of May 2022. Photo: Audrey Kennedy/Axios

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