Vinyl and manga store opens in Dallas’ Cedars neighborhood

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There’s a new store opening in Dallas dedicated to records and comics: Called Black Cat Records N Comics, it will be a pop culture destination combining music and manga, located at 971 Botham Jean Blvd., slated to open in the fall.

Black Cat is a collaboration between Megan Daniel, who has an encyclopedic knowledge of anime and manga; and Guy Steele, a lifelong collector and film buff who previously owned such well-known stores as The Movie Collection, Stage & Screen, and Vintage Salvation, a vinyl record stand located inside Dolly Python.

“The store will be a unique mix,” says Steele. “We will have records and comics, with a wide selection for listeners and readers of all ages, but some with special attention.”

They will have the newest and most popular comics, but mostly from underground and independent publishers, including foreign prints.

“Our manga section should be second to none, spanning decades of the art form and all of its iterations, from toys, statues, shirts and books,” Steele said.

“I’m trying to create a space to cultivate the nerd culture downtown,” says Megan.

Their music section will include a vast and rare selection of vinyl, new and used, featuring what Steele calls “deep dives” into specific genres, such as:

  • Rockabilly/Surf/Cannes
  • Exotic
  • Salon
  • Polynesia
  • japanese pop
  • Soundtracks
  • Novelty

Their plan is to offer weekly playlists rotating staff selections, and they will also host live music events, from local bands to DJs to podcasts. They will also have spinning stations for customers to listen to records.

“We will be a gathering place for the performing arts and spotlight local musical and entertainment talent,” Steele said.

Vinyl records have seen a resurgence in popularity, including a surge in 2020, when vinyl surpassed CD sales for the first time since the 1980s, according to a report from the Recording Industry Association of America.

Having a record store in this Cedars neighborhood of Dallas, just south of downtown is not unprecedented; Bill’s Records was located a few blocks from Botham Jean Boulevard until it closed in 2020 following the death of founder Bill Wisener.

Black Cat will go to a space near the I-30 intersection that has been empty for over 20 years. “It’s a weird duck space adjacent to Scotty’s booze,” Steele says. “Last time it was used as an additional catering kitchen for Gilley’s.”

Right now, they’re dealing with the prototypical post-pandemic setbacks, from construction delays to supply shortages.

“The store has been under construction since before COVID-19,” Steele explains. “We know we’ll be a destination for Dallas locals, but we’re also close to the convention center, the Omni Dallas Hotel, and there’s not a lot of shopping in that area. We hope we will be a fun place to visit.”

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