Numerous arts collectives and DIY spaces are growing and thriving in town, and that’s certainly a boon for the creative community. Fond Object, The Ettes and friends’ new digs in Riverside Village, is a kind of the next evolutionary step — a collection of integrated work spaces and boutiques featuring the work of talented artists, who’ve toiled in their own DIY work spaces for years to make a storefront a going concern. Over the weekend, the folks at Heidi Jewell’s Under the Guise popped up a new video featuring an interview and a quick tour through the premises (and a visit with faithful shop pig and sergeant-at-snout, Dottie).
Jim Ridley spoke with the proprietors at length before opening day, and The Spin paid a visit, but here you get to see a little more first- (slightly shaky)-hand, plus some updates on future plans for the cafe and record label. I found the place comfortable and welcoming when I stopped by on Record Store Day; the stock of records was definitely extensive and had some good bargains, and will only get better as it expands beyond partner Jeff Pettit’s stash. The setup for shows is pretty neat, too: The porch of a small house at the back of the property serves as the stage, or at least a natural drum riser.