Racked is no longer publishing. Thank you to everyone who read our work over the years. The archives will remain available here; for new stories, head over to Vox.com, where our staff is covering consumer culture for The Goods by Vox. You can also see what we’re up to by signing up here.
Sweat Records is still as cool as it was when it was founded ten years ago. The Little Haiti-based record store was first opened in 2005 by two UM grads, Lauren "Lolo" Reskin and Sara Yousuf, in the heart of Wynwood "back when crack was still a hotter product on the streets of Wynwood than art," reports Miami New Times. After Hurricane Ernesto they moved into a backroom at Churchill's pub and after seeing success there, the cult record store moved into their own space right next door to the pub, famous for its dive vibe and live music acts.
Fast forward to 2015 and Sweat has been able to keep not just a stocked inventory of vintage and new records, Panther Coffee, and vegan snacks, but they've also been able to build a family within Miami's music and underground community by hosting events like the store's "Casa Haha" comedy nights, or its annual Sweatstock anniversary party which takes place on World Record Day. The store's become more of a lifestyle shop with powerful friends in the underground music scene, and serves as a sound-driven home for folks who love a bit of vinyl and mainland Miami culture.
· Sweat Records' Lolo Reskin Talks Ten Years of Sweat Records [MNT]