Want to spice up an old-school retail concept? Just add booze.
Central Ohio shoppers soon will be able to enjoy sudsy refreshments while digging through racks of vinyl records and browsing independent book titles. In late September, the Columbus small press Two Dollar Radio opened a bookstore/café/bar on Parsons Avenue, while Craft & Vinyl, a combo record store and bar, is set to debut in the Grandview area in early December. Here's the tale of the tape for the two new boozy businesses, both of which are stealing a page from Dirty Dungarees, a North Campus laundromat that's been keeping college students lubricated while cleaning their dirty clothes for decades.
C&V: Troy Stacy
TDR: Brett Gregory and married couple Eric Obenauf and Eliza Wood-Obenauf
C&V: 1806 W. Fifth Ave., a former resale shop in the Tri-Village area of Marble Cliff, Grandview Heights and Upper Arlington
TDR: 1124 Parsons Ave., a former vacuum repair shop near the burgeoning Merion Village neighborhood
C&V: “The research told us Grandview is a great place for this kind of business,” Stacy says.
TDR: “This neighborhood has a lot going on,” Eric Obenauf says, “and we want to be part of that and become part of the conversation.”
C&V: Turntables, 2,000-plus records, pre-production recording studio; “spin club” membership allowing customers to borrow titles before purchase; craft beer in bottles, cans and draft from four to six taps “to start,” Stacy says.
TDR: About 250 book titles from Two Dollar Radio and other independent publishers; sandwiches, soups and salads; tea and locally ground coffee; craft brews. “It's all the things we enjoy,” Obenauf says.
C&V: “They're both creative processes: musical elements and craft beer ingredients,” Stacy says. “We thought it would be cool to have the two under one roof.”
TDR: “This is a chance to have something more experiential,” Obenauf says.
C&V: Stacy plans to cater to baby boomers rebuilding their audio collections in vinyl after switching to CDs, as well as millennials with a growing passion for the retro format.
TDR: “It can be tough feeling [like] a part of a community when you're working out of your house,” Obenauf says. “So this is an opportunity to become more involved in the literary community in Columbus.”