SWEAT RECORDS is Miami’s indie music
store, coffee shop, and event space. Located next door to
the legendary local punk venue Churchill’s Pub (est.1979),
Sweat is much more than just a music retail spot.
Sweat was established in March 2005 by two best friends
dedicated to Miami’s colorful scene – long-time DJ, music
retail nerd, and club/concert promoter Lauren (Lolo) Reskin
and ex-WVUM DJ/current criminal defense attorney Sara
Yousuf. Since then Sweat has played a vital role in
instigating and promoting a renaissance of growth and
activity in Miami’s cultural landscape.
After debuting to cheers all around, Sweat survived its
first location being destroyed by Hurricane Wilma in October
2005 and moved into a small temporary warehouse space in the
back of Churchill’s. Sara left in 2006 to be a full-time
Public Defender and new partner Jason Jimenez came on board
in 2007 to help usher in a new era and location for Sweat.
In late 2007 Sweat moved into their current expanded and
fully-stocked storefront located at 5505 NE 2nd Ave., with
the building’s massive teal-and-white mural of alt music
heroes by local artist CP1 making it hard to miss. Sweat’s
third location also brought the addition of a multipurpose
all-ages event space and a coffee bar featuring handmade
drinks. The store offers a wide
variety of new and used LPs, turntables, headphones, record
accessories, a few CDs, and a curated selection of
magazines, books, gifts, and local music.
Several evenings a month, Sweat hosts in-store events ranging
from live music to community group meetings to movie nights
and other random (sub)cultural happenings.
In 2009, Sweat Records was honored to be a recipient of a Knight
Arts Challenge grant from the John
S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
April 2010 brought the first Sweatstock –
a free, day-long block party and music festival (with No
Age headlining!) to celebrate the
store’s 5th anniversary as well the best new holiday ever, Record
In early 2011 Lolo’s high school friend and music savant
Emile Milgrim moved back to Miami from Portland and came on
board as Sweat’s Managing Partner and Music Buyer.
March 2011 brought the launch of e-commerce site SweatShopMiami.com to
offer the shop’s made-in-Miami merchandise to a global
audience, and Sweatstock
2011 went down bigger and better
just a month later.
In 2012 Sweat was awarded a second Knight Arts Challenge
grant, this time with the main goal of enhancing our
in-store events and documenting the shows. We threw four
more Sweatstock festivals from 2012-2015.
The Live@Sweat in-store
series kicked off in 2015 was a great success. In 2016 we
put the name “Sweatstock” on hiatus and introduced a
Store Day Get Down with a free show by Shabazz
The future is wide open and the Sweat team is committed to
their goals of supporting the local cultural community and
being the world-class indie record store the city deserves.
Sweat loves Miami and is proud to be a part of such a unique
and kick-ass scene.
Cool People Who Have Visited Sweat Records:
(Dead Kennedys/Alternative Tentacles)
Will Oldham aka
Bonnie “Prince” Billy
Matt + Kim
Tons of bands from next door at Churchill’s
A surprise visit to Sweat Records on Sunday by the legendary Iggy
Pop was thrilling for the store's owners and fans. The night before,
the store had a party ťto unveil our new Wall of Idolatry mural by
artist CP1 that has many of our musical heroes on itť says Sweat
owner Lauren Reskin. Iggy is featured on the wall, and,
coincidentally, he passed by the day after and we got to show him
his face."Miami Herald's Scene In The Tropics, September 13, 2008