Jack White's Third Man Records Is Staking A New Claim In Detroit
As change and redevelopment continues to visit upon Detroit, Jack White has emerged as an artist eager to (re)commit to the once-thriving metropolis. Yesterday White's Third Man Records partnered with Detroit-based retailer Shinola to purchase a building in the city's historic Cass Corridor--one that currently houses Shinola's flagship store. Located at 441 W. Canfield, White's new brick-and-mortar will soon become Third Man's second retail storefront (currently the label operates out of its Nashville headquarters), and will reportedly be open for business by November 27th, 2015 (aka Black Friday).
The Cass Corridor nabe holds special significance for White; the guitar legend went to high school in the area, and later played his first ever White Stripes show there. In a press release, White remarked that the Corridor "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. That spirit pushes forward with Shinola's passion and will come full circle for the artists of the Corridor that work with Third Man Records to plant a new foundation there to help keep that creative spirit alive for decades to come."