A Yeti is an abominable snowman. It’s the name of a popular 1970s German band’s record. It’s an abbreviation for the maiden name of Jake Luck’s wife, Lisa.
Most importantly, Yeti is the name of the newlyweds’ soon-to-be-open used vinyl store at 3506 Nicollet Ave. S.
The Art of This gallery’s lease at the site ends Aug. 31 and the couple plans to open Yeti Records Oct. 16. Art of This will continue as an organization but will not operate a gallery.
Yeti will offer a wide variety of vinyl records for collectors and music lovers. It will also sell turntables and other audio electronics.
“I want it to be really all-inclusive,” Jake Luck said.
True or not, people view records stores based on a cliché that they’re exclusive shops that aren’t welcoming to outsiders, Luck said. Yeti will avoid that.
“I want to sort of get away from the old boys club. I feel like, that’s sort of the cliché about record stores — it’s an old boy’s club. It’s a bunch of dudes hanging out in the store that make everyone feel uncomfortable,” Luck said.
Jake Luck is a singer and keyboard player for Twin Cities-based band Leisure Birds and also plays keyboard for Gayngs. Lisa is an artist.
Jake Luck said 35th and Nicollet is an ideal spot for a used vinyl store because B-Squad, a vintage clothing and record store, is just a few doors down.
“I feel like that area will become a nice destination spot,” Luck said.