You may recognize Chris Weatherhead from one of his many Tacoma business ventures: He helped start the original Red Hot on Sixth Avenue and now bartends at Top of Tacoma. For the last few years, he’s been out and about selling records at markets and at Zodiac Supper Club every second Sunday of the month for an evening of sipping and spinning.
Now, you can find his collection of records; CDs; cassettes; and, surprisingly, plants in his small shop in the basement of Courthouse Square.
“I’ve always kind of wanted a record store, yeah,” said Weatherhead, a friendly man with a big beard and a warm smile. “I never really thought about actually doing it or having an actual space, though. My fiancée set this up. She’s renting it for me for my birthday/Christmas present for the year.”
The shop’s April 1 opening was in a small, windowless location in the basement of the building. At the beginning of July, Weatherhead Records moved two doors down into a space twice the size — this one with storage space large enough for Weatherhead to expand his selection (not to mention windows, to the relief of his plants).
A lot of what Weatherhead sells is from his own personal collection, he said, though a buddy of his often picks up new goodies for him at estate sales. He’s still doing pop-ups, too: The store is an extension of his hobby and a way to make some extra money on top of his Top of Tacoma job.
And though he’s open only a few days every week, he said that a lot of people come through.
“There are all these awesome businesses down here,” Weatherhead said, referring to Outpost Kitchen, Infinite Soups, and other neighbors of his. “I just think it’s cool that people want to come down here and dig through my stuff.”
When You Go:
Courthouse Square isn’t just a post office anymore: It’s a thriving space for local, small businesses — and Weatherhead Records is only one of them. Here are a few other highlights that you definitely should pop in for.
This inclusive yoga company began by offering affordable drop-in classes and series in some of Tacoma’s most unexpected places. In April, they opened their first permanent studio space in Courthouse Square. Check out their schedule at beyogawild.com to find out how you can take a class in their new space, on the rooftop of Alma Mater, in Baltimore Park,
A sherry cocktail? The best risotto you’ve ever had in your life? Yes, please. Find a surprisingly intimate bar and restaurant nestled into the corner of Courthouse Square’s first floor. We promise you won’t be disappointed.
If you’re looking for a new place to get your caffeine fix, this should probably be it. The café offers creative drinks like the Tacoma Fog, lavender matcha, the salted honey latte, and more. Yum!
Self Centered Massage Studio
Yes, you deserve it. Head up to the top floor of the building to get a specialized massage that can treat pain in the jaw, neck, and shoulder; headaches; and even unexplained toothaches.