Austin is no stranger to the retail mashup, and the new Mindzai Art & Vinyl store is the latest addition to a trend that gives customers a more interesting and efficient shopping experience. Here, shoppers can find a space that serves as a mixed-use art gallery, apparel retail space, and record/book store. The new store opened on Black Friday of 2016 as the retail face of the popular local print shop of the same name.
The print shop, which features unique designs by local artists, has played host to its fair share of events and art showcases since opening in 2012. The success of these events and the small retail section of the shop made it clear that more space was definitely needed.
Partners in the Mindzai venture, Scott Weatherwax and Vanessa Sais battled with the Austin commercial retail scene for a while before finding their perfect spot. The new space, located at 700B South Lamar, finds itself nestled amongst some of Austin’s hottest commodities including restaurants Uchi, Vox Table, and Eberly Austin, as well as the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar theater and other great shopping options. It’s also just a mile away from the original print shop.
Inside the retail space shoppers and art lovers will find a gallery featuring tattoo and lowbrow art from locally and nationally recognized artists. The art is primarily curated by Weatherwax and Sais, with a rotating roster of guest curators. The store will also be home to Belzel Books, a leader in the art reference book industry. Representing Austin’s music-loving side will be items from BeatLab Records (a record store based in Atlanta where Weatherwax is a partner), including records and DJ equipment and accessories. Other retail items will include art prints, art supplies (including a wide selection of spray paint), and clothing from Mindzai Apparel.
Mindzai Art & Vinyl hosted its grand opening art show on December 10, 2016, with many more to come in 2017!
For more information, additional artwork, or a personal tour of the new space, contact Vanessa Sais at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beatlab is Austin's ONLY DJ & Producer lifestyle boutique. Owned and operated by an experienced and knowledgeable staff that specializes in the growing needs of today’s music industry. Beatlab aims to exceed the standards of all, by providing a truly creative atmosphere and a simple one-stop shop for Producers & DJs from all walks of life. We offer DJ mixers, vinyl & CD turntables, needles, headphones, cases, bags, cables, DJ controllers, midi controllers, keyboards, drum machines, samplers, line mixers, microphones, studio monitors, pa speakers, a wide variety of accessories, as well as a colorful selection of art supplies and spray paint. Already established in the Southeast, in the heart of Atlanta, we're excited to expand to the Austin area.
Wendy Belzel is "Belzel Books", an independent book vendor specializing in tattoo and art reference material.