We’ve been making music in my Portland Street recording studio, The New Scotland Yard, since 2013.
The commercial space in the front of the building has been begging to be a record store but I knew it could take some time. When my former tenant, Uptown Girl, left this past summer I thought it’s now or much later. I opted for now.
I started a conversation with Jim from Taz a few years ago and we knew when the timing was right we could make something happen in Dartmouth. Taz has such an established presence locally that I knew they’d be a perfect partner for this adventure.
Meanwhile, Chris Pennell, bass player in the Emergency, affectionately known as The Elk, has been cutting hair at Salon Genesis and at Saint Lou’s Barber Shop. He often gives the band haircuts while on the road. He wanted to start something of his own closer to his home in Dartmouth.
The last piece of the puzzle was good coffee. Musicians need it when we are working in a studio and Portland street needs it for people who are on their way to the ferry or to work. I met Alex Babineau, an experienced barista from Two if by Sea and it turns out he and his partner, Cait Holmes, have a baked goods company called, Honey & Butter. They were looking to set up a retail space.
So we have it:
“The New Scotland Yard Emporium” with Taz Records, Elk’s Haircutting and Honey & Butter. 45 Portland Street, downtown Dartmouth.
Come buy a record, get a coffee and bagel to go, get a little off the top or book some time at the studio and cut a hit track. Music is at the heart of it and all are welcome.
Hours of operation:
Mon-Friday 7 – 6PM