Detroit-native Jack White, lead singer and guitarist of the White Stripes, has partnered with Shinola founder Tom Kartsotis to purchase the building that houses the Shinola flagship store in Detroit’s Midtown district and open his record store later this year.
“(The Cass Corridor) has always been the most inspiring area of Detroit for me as an artist and as a Detroiter,” White says. “… 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.”
White founded Third Man Records in Detroit in 2001. He opened the store’s first retail location in Nashville in 2009, where he lives. The Detroit store, to be located at 441 W. Canfield, is set to open by Black Friday (Nov. 27).
While details about the Detroit storefront have not been released, the Nashville location has a record store, record label offices, a photo studio, a dark room, and a live venue with a recording booth.
The location’s current tenant, the clothing store Willy’s Detroit, will move. Current plans are for the storefront to remain within the building.
White was born and raised in southwest Detroit. He started the White Stripes in 1997 with Meg White. He has produced more than 120 records since founding Third Man Records, working with recording artists as Jerry Lee Lewis, Loretta Lynn, Neil Young, Jack Johnson, and Beck.