Tempe's Double Nickels Co-Op Now Open
One of the first things that Michael Pawlicki wants you to know about Double Nickels Record Collective is that -- despite its name -- the place isn't only about records. Yes, there are a slew of vinyl platters available for purchase at the new Tempe cooperative pop-up shop, which opened its doors this past weekend, but new and used wax ain't the only thing for sale.
Photos by Benjamin Leatherman The interior of Double Nickels in Tempe.
That's because several local non-music-related retailers are involved with the collaborative boutique, including such familiar names as Ash Avenue Comics and Meat Market Vintage. Pawlicki, who owns the Ghost of Eastside Records and will be stocking his voluminous selection of LPs and 45s, says the intent behind Double Nickels is to offer "all sorts of stuff."
"It's way more than just records at the store," he says. "There are clothing people involved, comic book people involved, and other people involved besides record geeks."
That's how Pawlicki envisioned the project when he first started looking for a new location for the Ghost of Eastside Records. Over the past couple of years, the 50-year-old Valley resident has opened several pop-up versions of his store around Tempe during the cooler months before heading out of town for the summertime.
And when Pawlicki was hunting for a place to open the latest incarnation of Eastside, he decided to change things up a bit, both in size and scope. First off, the 2,100-square-foot space (which is situated in Danelle Plaza near Southern and Mill avenues in Tempe) is a bit larger than the other locations he's occupied in the past.
"I was about to move into a smaller spot, but went with something bigger," he says.
And secondly, it's a collaborative endeavor. Pawlicki reached out to Kimber Lanning of Stinkweeds, Ben Funke of Meat Market, Drew Sullivan of Ash Avenue Comics, and other independent businesses of a music or cultural bent to get involved with the project and feature their respective wares at Double Nickels.
Meat Market Vintage's racks inside the Double Nickels space.
Each partner will have its own portion of the space to display and sell items. Meat Market, for example, built several wooden racks for secondhand vintage fashions and clothing.
"I'd seen this in other cities and wanted to try something different. Almost like an antique mall but geared toward younger people of that culture," Pawlicki says. "Just throw all sorts of crazy stuff into one place and see how it flies."