Third Man Records Expands with New Detroit Store
Published Jun 02, 2015Since 2009, Jack White's Third Man Records has been very active in Nashville, where the label has been based out of a facility that includes a retail store, recording studio and concert venue. Clearly this venture has been successful, since Third Man is expanding to a second retail location, this time in Detroit.
The choice of location is very fitting, given that White hails from Detroit and his breakthrough garage rock band the White Stripes got their start there. Third Man was originally founded in Detroit in 2001. The store will be in the city's Cass Corridor neighbourhood, where White went to high school and the White Stripes played their early shows.
The store is a partnership between Third Man and high-end retailer Shinola. White and Shinola's Tom Kartsotis teamed up to buy the building at 441 W. Canfield St., where the Shinola flagship store is located. Third Man will be opening its new retail space in the building in time for Black Friday (November 27), and an announcement promises "many special surprises in store."
In a statement, White said that Cass Corridor "has always been the most inspiring area of Detroit for me as an artist and as a Detroiter. From the great visual artists like Gordon Newton to the music of the Gories, and the birth of the Detroit garage rock scene, the Corridor has nurtured Detroit's soul and inventiveness for decades. That spirit pushes forward with Shinola's passion and will come full circle for the artists of the Corridor that work with Third Man Records to plant a new foundation there to help keep that creative spirit alive for decades to come."
Meanwhile, Third Man Records will continue to come to new cities thanks to its Rolling Record Store mobile shop, which is housed in a van.