Already a destination for vintage furniture, housewares, clothing, and a few bins of records, northeast Minneapolis's FindFurnish is going all in as a vinyl retailer. Starting on Friday, March 13, a whole room of the store will become It Records.
FindFurnish co-owner Erik Wivinus -- a prolific musician and DJ who organizes the Heliotrope Festival -- will curate the It Records stacks with new psych-rock, international rarities, and local releases, and the used section will span post-punk, jazz, soul, and '80s reissues.
The store's name is a nod to the legacy of Let It Be Records, who are providing "considerable inventory and inspiration" to the new music outpost.[jump]
According to FindFurnish, the It Records logo (above) is similar to the sign that once graced Let It Be's Nicollet Mall location. The "It" eventually was commandeered by Target for their new office commons after the store closed in 2005.
"Erik is one of a very short list of people I would trust with even a portion of the store's name," Let It Be Records' Ryan Cameron said in a release. "He's a long-time friend, record hound, and musician. As for me, vinyl was a huge part of my life before, during, and after the Let It Be store closed. It's in the blood, as it is with Erik. The torch has been passed."
Along with Let It Be, Riffs Ahoy and Omnium Vinyl's wares will also be part of the cooperative space to keep inventory of about 4,000 records rotating. Along with the in-stock merch, over 65,000 titles will be available for special order.
The Grand Opening Celebration will be held on Friday, March 13, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. RSVP.
It Records' regular hours will be Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. FindFurnish is on Facebook and Instagram, and is located at 13 Fifth St. NE in Minneapolis.
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