New vinyl records and cafe will open in Minneapolis this summer


A combination record store and cafe 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, owners of online store Disco Death Records, are opening a physical location next month, complete with an extensive record and cassette collection, film lab and cafe on site.

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

What they say : “We didn’t want to redo a record store anymore,” Eckerson told Axios. “It’s fun, but it’s not a completely stand-alone business. Coffee is another source of income that attracts people, who then find and buy our records.”

The big picture: Adding cafes to drive more people through isn’t a new concept, but it’s becoming increasingly popular, especially for businesses that may not have steady streams 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 West 26th Street, Minneapolis.

The exterior of Disco Death Records in May 2022. Photo: Audrey Kennedy/Axios


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