Springfield Business Journal: “Good Heart Tattoos Opening Downtown”

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The Springfield Business Journal has published an article on Good Heart Tattoos opening up next door to us here downtown. The article was published to their website about a week ago, and you can view it online right here. Here is most of the article where the Business Journal talked with owner Benny DeWitt below:

Good Heart Tattoos will be opening at the end of this month at 414 E. Monroe in downtown Springfield. Owner Benny DeWitt said he is in the process of converting the former Corso Jewelers space into an art studio, and a friend has already hand painted the storefront.

“I grew up in a sign painting and tattooing family,” said DeWitt, who has traveled the country tattooing and performing with various bands and more recently worked at tattoo shops in Springfield. “One of my goals for the new shop is to have a spot where traveling tattooers are welcome,” explained DeWitt, who said he will have multiple booths, even though he will be the only full-time artist for now.

DeWitt said he spends a lot of time downtown and was initially considering opening his shop in a portion of the space now occupied by Dumb Records. “I’ve been friends with Brian (Galecki) forever, and he needed more space than I did, so it worked out for me to be next door instead.” DeWitt noted that he is also longtime friends with Jeremy Bredemeyer, who owns Hair of the Dog Bar/Bershop across the street.

“I’m trying to help build a creative center down there,” he said.

The grand opening for Good Heart Tattoos is now set to happen on Saturday, November 9th in less than one month. More info on that can be found on a facebook event right here. Also be sure to follow Good Heart Tattoos to keep in the loop with what’s going on with the new tattoo shop.

Springfield Business Journal: “Hello, Young Springfield!”

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It looks like Dumb Records and the rest of Southtown has yet again made it to the monthly publication The Springfield Business Journal. This time our block is mentioned in an article looking at the topic of ways to attract younger people to visit Springfield. The article points to Southtown as an exception to a lack of activities and businesses drawing youth and keeping them from leaving the city. From the article:

“One exception is the fiercely independent community of small business owners, musicians and skateboarders who have gathered around the once-blighted corner of South Grand Ave. and 11th Street – the neighborhood known as Southtown – which over the past few years has evolved into the home of a record store (Dumb Records) a working recording studio (Southtown Studio) and a skate shop (Boof City), alongside a longer-standing skateboard ramp (Skank Skates) and all-ages concert venue (The Black Sheep Cafe).

This staunchly alternative-minded group of young people is a bright spot in a traditionally bleak local youth culture. These are young, talented, vital people who are choosing to live in Springfield long past the town’s usual sell-by date as a home base. “If I hadn’t started the studio, I wouldn’t still be in Springfield,” said musician and Southtown Studio owner-operator Brandon Carnes (whose band, Looming, recently signed a contract with prestigious California punk rock record label No Sleep), and this attitude is echoed throughout the Southtown community. There is even a current crowdfunding campaign online at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/projectsouthtown/project-southtown to raise money, in part to help make improvements to the run-down neighborhood.

A passionate, constructive, cultural community like the one that has developed in Southtown can only be a good sign for the city as a whole – especially as it is managing to make Springfield an attractive home for young adults who could easily set up elsewhere. However, it is only a start. This kind of “scene” is almost by definition insular, with self-selecting participants pursuing often highly specialized goals in rarefied, often purposefully ramshackle, environments.”

The rest of the article (written by Scott Faingold) can be found at Barnes & Noble and a few other locations in town. Dumb Records was on the cover of The Springfield Business Journal when it opened up early last year.