Record Store Day 2012 across Minneapolis

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Over in south Minneapolis, Yeti Records was having a slightly quieter time. We found co-owner Lisa Luck sitting inside the "50-cent Record Tent" pitched on the Yeti lawn and chatted with her about the significance of Record Store Day, what it meant for small second-hand shops like Yeti, and what the future had in store for one of Minneapolis' cutest treasure trove shops.

Photo by Natalie Gallagher

"I think Record Store Day is important because people who might not regularly think about shopping for vinyl can take some extra time and appreciate what's going on at all the local record stores," says Lisa, all smiles as she huddles next to her record player inside the tent. "I think for people who really care about the special limited edition releases, Record Store Day is a big deal, they'll go out and hunt for that. For us, it's kind of different, since we're all used, so really for us it just reminds people that we're still here and we exist."

Yeti Records is about to undergo some changes, however, and the format of their existence will change. They'll be moving out of their space on 35th and Nicollet by the end of the summer and will be transitioning into what Lisa is calling a "Mobile Record Store."

Photo by Natalie Gallagher

"The Mobile Record Store is basically going to be Yeti Records but on wheels, and we're going to do block parties, farmer's markets, that sort of thing. It basically just eliminates the overhead so we can stay in business... and maybe come DJ your backyard party," says Lisa, who takes credit for the idea. "In the very beginning, it seemed really far away and in the distance like a dream, and we were all like, 'We should open a record store when we get married!' And we did, and it's awesome. And now just because we're changing locations doesn't mean the dream is over, it's just adapting and getting cooler."

You can keep up on all the fundraising and the future of Yeti Records on their Facebook page.

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