Music lovers will have another store to add to the list when looking for new tunes. Lagniappe Records (Map it!), an at-home style vinyl and music store, will open its doors this weekend.
The concept comes from Louisiana musician Tess Brunet and her beau Patrick Hodgkins. Brunet has released a few albums under the moniker Au Ras Au Ras, and previously played drums with Generationals and Deadboy & the Elephantmen.
For Brunet, who has been living in Nashville the past 10 months, it was important to return to Louisiana.
“I wanted to be in Baton Rouge because I have great group of friends here, and we felt that Baton Rouge was ready for another store,” she says.
Lagniappe will specialize in an eclectic offering of music, reflective of Brunet and Hodgkins’ tastes. The store is built inside a few rooms of the couple’s Mid City residence.
“It’s what we would have in our personal collection,” she says. “We’ll have a lot of different genres—some classical like Schubert, then Tom Petty and Nick Lowe, a lot of samba, bossanova….We’ll have new releases as well.”
Saturday’s hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and will feature a solo set from Brunet at 1 p.m. as well as refreshments and raffle drawings where customers can win a $20 store credit.
Though the space is small, Brunet says they will be able to change up the feel and host more events in the future.
“I’m looking forward to getting some really cool bands for some intimate shows,” she says. “We’re going to do much more with this space. We’ll have regular events for sure.”