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In the days of digital, for a record store to thrive requires more than a little entrepreneurial spirit - and the music Gods looking kindly on you doesn't hurt either. Luckily, Sweat Records is much more than a record retailer. The Little Haiti venue is the unofficial headquarters for Miami's indie set. It's a music store, cafe and event space that hosts everything from vegan brunches to movie nights. Their on-site vegan coffee bar serves up local favorite Panther Coffee, empanadas and other baked eats. And in addition to music, they sell magazines, books, gifts and other carefully curated made-in-Miami offerings for the hipster crew. The question is, what can't Sweat do?
An evening of craftiness of whatever kind at Little Haiti's little record shop.
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A tragically pea-brained swath of society doesn't believe P. Scott Cunningham and the University of Wynwood's month-long, citywide "O, Miami" poetry festival is worth its weight in heroic couplets. ... More »
It wouldn't be Sweatstock without some good old-fashioned Miami freakiness. Maybe in Canada the music festivals end with handshakes and strangers gently complimenting each other on their felt hats... More »
Sweatstock is for lovers. Lovers of independent music and record stores, yes. But also lovers of drunken groping before the sun has fully gone down. A good chunk of the attendees of Sweatstock 203... More »
Put another Sweatstock in the wrinkly, rain-faded books. The fourth installment of Sweat Records' anniversary party and Record Store Day celebration played out on three stages in Little Haiti. But ... More »
There are few locals that Miami electro-pop darlings Afrobeta haven't converted into undying fans during their years on the scene. Of course, though, chanteuse Cuci Amador's sweet Latin freestyle vo... More »
There are few retail destinations a time traveling Alligator from Space would bother with besides his usual Zorg repair shop, but when it comes to Earth, this one location is the one that I prefer to make a detour to and grab the best cup of coffee (my personal GOD CUP), pick up a new record for the Quothmobile Compact Disc player, and on a regular occasion - watch some of the best local acts from Earth via Miami Florida. Sweat Records has made it their mission to bring musical, cultural, community richness to an otherwise questionably existent outskirt of this dimension. I whole heartedly support the establishment and look down upon any perpetrator of wrong doing against it or their owners: LoLo & Jsin. They have made Earth a better place by providing an asset to this city of Miami. Much Love and Karma~!
Sweat Records' five-year anniversary, dubbed Sweatstock, was certainly cause for celebration. In a city that hardly rewards independents, the continued success of the little-record-store-that-could is a symbol of hope for both the music retail business and Miami entrepreneurship. Thanks to the store's constant booster efforts for the local scenes, everyone has only good feelings about it, and every micro-scene converged on Sweat's fifth birthday party, held in the short, closed-off block... More »
Sweat Records is a hub of Miami underground culture. After the store opened in 2005, hurricanes soon damaged it and drove the shop from its original NE Second Avenue location. After a short homeless stint, it was back and in business farther up the street, in a back-patio annex of Churchill's Hideaway. The spot was buzzing but cramped, so earlier this year Sweat moved into new digs -- right next door. Done up in trademark aqua and purple, the location is spacious but still cozy.... More »
Last year we gave this little-indie-store-that-could the title of Best New Record Store. A year later, Sweat has won the hearts of all who deem themselves hip in Miami and has undergone some serious growing pains. The original location took a major beating from Hurricane Wilma, and the store was eventually relocated to a small warehouse at the back of English bar/longstanding live rock and roll venue, Churchill's. Could there be a better place for a record store? We don't think so. Fans can... More »
BEST NEW MUSIC STORE Sweat Records 2320 NE Second Avenue Miami 305-573-5681 www.sweatrecordsmiami.com This brand spanking new independent record store had its grand opening in Wynwood in March, and more than 500 people showed up to give a symbolic high five to its owners, former Poplife and Revolver DJ Lauren Reskin and former WVUM-FM (90.5) DJ Sara Yousuf. Posters of Napoleon Dynamite and Interpol watch over CD bins filled with everything from Yo La Tengo to Bloc Party. Within its... More »
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