Ann Arbor downtown music store seeks liquor license for bar and entertainment

ANN ARBOR, MI – A record store in downtown Ann Arbor prepares to serve beer and wine.

Matt Bradish, owner of Underground Sounds, applied for a liquor license under the name Up From the Skies LLC for the store space at 210 S Main St. in Ann Arbor to create a cafe, tavern and a vinyl retail space, city records display. The store occupies the former Peaceable Kingdom space.

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On Monday, March 1, city council approved the request, which must be approved by the Michigan Liquor Control Commission.

Council member Jeff Hayner said the project would be a “good idea” to fill an old space.

“It’s pretty good that we have a gentleman here who reuses or is planning to reuse a space downtown, a beloved kind of space, the old Peaceable Kingdom building, to be a kind of meeting space. audience around some of people’s favorite things, vinyl records and a bar, ”said Hayner.

Bradish could not immediately be reached for comment.

Plans for the space include a bar that seats 58, a bar with locally sourced coffee, tea and soft drinks, food and shelves containing 1,000 vinyl records for sale, according to city records.

The space will also feature a Civil War-era mural, which was painted in 1864, according to city records, to reduce “the use of the building to its original purpose as a tavern.”

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A similar concept opened in August 2020 in Ypsilanti’s Depot Town.

Mark Teachout, owner of Wax Bar, opened the cocktail bar and record store inside the former Cream and Crumb ice cream shop at 44 E. Cross St. in Ypsilanti. The walls are covered with artwork by local artists, and the shop has everything from reissues to new jazz, industrial, garage, indie, soundtracks, rock and sound effects records.

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