Black Dog Records and Maggie May’s Coffee is preparing to open in early March at 726 W. 19th St., across from Tarka Indian Kitchen. And although the coffee element is new, Black Dog already has a following.
Owner James Sherwood had Black Dog on Bissonnet for seven years.
“We closed the location as the unit size of 1,200 square feet was not adequate enough to support the addition of a coffee shop,” Sherwood said. “Plus, the unit was on the second floor, which is never good for retail or coffee.”
He is excited about the move to the Heights.
“Bellaire really isn’t our target market and does not have the appropriate demographics for what we are trying to accomplish,” Sherwood said.
In addition to selling quality, near-mint-condition first and early pressings of vintage vinyl records including classic rock, 1980s pop, heavy metal, alternative, punk, R&B, soul, jazz, blues, folk and country as well as select remastered albums, the new location also will host weekend entertainment such as live, in-store performances by local Houston artists. It also will be home to karaoke nights, afternoon poetry readings, trivia game nights and amateur stand-up comedy.
The specialty coffee shop will serve espresso-based beverages, nitro-coffee, hand-crafted Italian sodas, international loose-leaf teas, smoothies and frappuccinos, all supplied by GEVA Premium Coffee. Pastries will be delivered daily from Kraftsmen Bakery.
Listening stations also are new to Black Dog.
“(They) were not part of our old location as there was just not enough space,” Sherwood said. “We feel that it is a great way for customers to preview their new treasure while at the same time enjoying a beverage from Maggie May’s Coffee.”
Sherwood will be the owner of the record store and coffee shop. Maggie May, by the way, is the name of Sherwood’s German Shepherd/Rottweiler mix as well as the subject of songs by the Beatles and Rod Stewart.
“She is a beautiful dog and is predominantly black in color so she also fits the theme of Black Dog,” he said.
Sherwood also plans to partner to offer Houston craft beers and wines by the bottle or glass.
There is already a vinyl shop at the opposite end of 19th Street, but Sherwood said Vinyl Edge will be a friend as opposed to a competitor.
“Even though (owner) Chuck (Roast) and I sell the same commodity, we both sell a very different product,” Sherwood said. “Black Dog Records primarily focuses on vintage, used, first and early pressings of 1970s classic rock. Vinyl Edge sells indie, electronic, pop and alternative, a very different market. In Europe, it is not uncommon for six or seven vinyl record stores to literally be located right next to each other along the same street as vinyl ‘crate-diggers’ like to spend the afternoon visiting as many stores as they can.”