Third Man Records + Shinola Team Up to Purchase Building in Detroit’s Cass Corridor
At the beginning of this month, Jack White and Tom Kartsotis partnered to purchase a building in Detroit's Cass Corridor. The location -- 441 W. Canfield -- is currently home to the Shinola flagship store (the company Kartsotis founded in 2011), and soon will also house a new location for White's Third Man Records.
This partnership shouldn't come as a big surprise to anyone; White, who was born and raised in Detroit, founded Third Man Records in the city in 2001, and in just a few years, Shinola has become a nationally-recognized point of pride with many Detroit residents.
This will mark Third Man's first permanent location outside of its store and offices in Nashville. As it stands right now, the space is set to open by Black Friday, Nov. 27, 2015 -- and as you might expect, there will be plenty of surprises in store.
Cass Corridor holds a special place in White's life as it is home to his high school and the location of the White Stripes' first-ever concert. He says it "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."
As far as Shinola is concerned, their flagship store will also expand as they dive into manufacturing speakers, turntables and headphones, alongside their watches, bicycles, leather goods, journals and pet accessories. Needless to say, Kartsotis is excited: "Everyone at Shinola is so excited about Third Man Records moving into the Cass Corridor ... unbelievable ... there goes the neighborhood!"