Over the last five years, Jack White and his record label, Third Man Records have been based in Nashville. Now, however, White will go back home in Detroit with plans to expand the label’s operations in the city’s Cass Corridor.
Partnering with Tom Kartsotis, the founder of Shinola, a Detroit-based company that specializes in watches, bicycles, shoe polish, and various other leather goods, White has purchased the building that is currently home to the Shinola Flagship store at 441 W. Canfield.
The building will serve as office and retail space for Third Man, and is set to open in time for Record Store Day’s Black Friday event on November 27th. The label promises “many special surprises in store.”
Cass Corridor is where The White Stripes’ played its very first show, in the place of White’s high school, and a part of the city that White refers to as “always been the most inspiring area of Detroit for me as an artist and as a Detroiter.”
Also in the statement, he added He adds, “From the great visual artists like Gordon Newton to the music of the Gories, and the birth of the Detroit garage rock scene, the Corridor has nurtured Detroit’s soul and inventiveness for decades. That spirit pushes forward with Shinola’s passion and will come full circle for the artists of the Corridor that work with Third Man Records to plant a new foundation there to help keep that creative spirit alive for decades to come.”