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Coffee and Vinyls: Needle & Bean coming to Lebo

Michael Butala poses in front of the future Needle and Bean
Michael Butala is opening Needle & Bean, a coffee shop that also features vinyl records, on Castle Shannon Boulevard.

Needle & Bean, a new record store and coffee shop, is coming soon to Castle Shannon Boulevard.

Owner Michael Butala hopes to have the store up and running in November. He and his wife, Irene, plan to run things by themselves, at first.

Butala is a coffee drinker who has been collecting vinyl records for 15 years.  To him, music and coffee, two things he’s passionate about, go hand in hand.  “Why not try to combine the things you’re passionate about and share it with the community?” he pointed out.

Needle & Bean will carry 3,500 records.  The mix of new and used vinyl will feature mostly alternative, classic rock, jazz and punk. In addition to stocking what’s popular, Butala is also looking to showcase independent artists and smaller bands.

On the beverage side, he’s aiming for a purist type of café, serving espresso, americanos, lattes and drip coffee, along with tea.

coffee cup on vinyl record

Butala finds nostalgia in pouring a good cup of coffee and putting a vinyl album on a turntable that you don’t get with digital streaming. “What I want to offer is an escape, where you can slow things down and cater to people that have a similar perspective,” he said.

Once the store is more established, Butala hopes to work with a variety of nonprofits looking to do fundraisers, along with organizations he and his wife are passionate about.

Butala lives in Sunset Hills, a 12-minute walk from his new store. He hopes to get walk-in traffic from his neighborhood and surrounding streets.

“I expect it to be conducive to people just chatting; people getting together,” he said.

For more on Needle & Bean, 320 Castle Shannon Boulevard, visit their website, www.needleandbean.com, follow them on Twitter at @NeeAndBea or Instagram at @Needleandbeancoffeeandrecords

Comments

  1. Author’s gravatar

    Best of luck in your new venture. Used to live in sunset hills. Let me know if you will be sending products to Chattanooga.

  2. Author’s gravatar

    Great write-up, Carrie. Thanks!

  3. Author’s gravatar

    Very excited for your new store. Looking forward to visiting. Especially since I live at Gloria Horns Sewing Studio.

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