Sweat Records is an independent music store, cafe and event space located in Miami, Florida.
5505 NE 2nd Ave.
Miami, FL 33137
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Noon to 10pm Monday through Saturday
Noon to 5pm Sunday
SWEAT RECORDS is Miami’s indie music store, cafe and event space. Located next door to the legendary local punk venue Churchill’s Pub (est.1979), Sweat is much more than just a record store.
Sweat was established in March 2005 by two best friends dedicated to Miami’s colorful scene – long-time DJ, music retail nerd and club/concert promoter Lauren (Lolo) Reskin and ex-WVUM DJ/current criminal defense attorney Sara Yousuf. Since then Sweat has played a vital role in instigating and promoting a renaissance of growth and activity in Miami’s cultural landscape.
After debuting to cheers all around, Sweat survived its first location being destroyed by Hurricane Wilma in October 2005 and moved into a small temporary warehouse space in the back of Churchill’s. Sara left in 2006 to be a full-time Public Defender and new partner Jason Jimenez came on board in 2007 to help usher in a new era and location for Sweat.
In late 2007 Sweat moved into their current expanded and fully-stocked storefront located at 5505 NE 2nd Ave., with the building’s massive teal-and-white mural of alt music heroes making it hard to miss. Sweat’s third location also brought the addition of a multipurpose all-ages event space, a fully vegan coffee and treat bar, and cafe tables for users of the shop’s free wi-fi. The store offers a wide variety of new and used LPs and CDs, a curated selection of magazines, books, gifts, local music, books and t-shirts, as well as a full range of delicious coffee and tea beverages and vegan snacks.
Several evenings a week, Sweat hosts in-store events ranging from movie nights to stand-up comedy to origami workshops, and of course live music. Additionally, the Sweat team continues to put on tons of great local and national concerts, weekly club nights, and other random (sub)cultural happenings.
In 2009, Sweat Records was honored to be a recipient of a Knight Arts Challenge grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
April 2010 brought the first Sweatstock – a free, day-long block party and music festival (with No Age headlining!) to celebrate the store’s 5th anniversary as well the best new holiday ever, Record Store Day.
March 2011 brought the launch of e-commerce site SweatShopMiami.com to offer the shop’s made-in-Miami merchandise to a global audience, and Sweatstock 2011 went down bigger and better just a month later.
In 2012 Sweat was awarded a second Knight Arts Challenge grant, this time with the main goal of enhancing our in-store events, hosting more touring acts, and documenting the shows.
The future is wide open and the Sweat team is committed to their goals of supporting the local cultural community and being the world-class indie record store the city deserves. Sweat loves Miami and is proud to be a part of such a unique and kick-ass scene.
Cool People Who Have Visited Sweat Records:
Ian MacKaye (Fugazi/Dischord)
Fred Schneider (B-52′s)
Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys/Alternative Tentacles)
Will Oldham aka Bonnie “Prince” Billy
Matt + Kim
Tons of bands from next door at Churchill’s
A surprise visit to Sweat Records on Sunday by the legendary Iggy Pop was thrilling for the store’s owners and fans. The night before, the store had a party ”to unveil our new Wall of Idolatry mural by artist CP1 that has many of our musical heroes on it,” says Sweat owner Lauren Reskin. “Iggy is featured on the wall, and, coincidentally, he passed by the day after and we got to show him his face.” – Miami Herald’s Scene In The Tropics, September 13, 2008