Last Minute Gift Guide 2018
ARISE Music and Coffee
112 Second Street NW
Rockers, if you awaken anytime soon—but not after midnight on Dec. 24—from your headbanging-induced, coma-like sleep, then do yourself a solid and head on over to ARISE Music and Coffee for any sort of last minute gift-buying, guilt-driven compulsion that strikes after said sojourn to rocanrol party land.
By the way, while you were there at the club last night you told everyone you loved them, so now you have the opportunity to demonstrate such by laying on some real love. Precious and mostly local rocanrol artifacts from T-shirts ($10 to $20) to patches ($3 to $10), hats ($15), cassettes and CDs ($5 to $15) and even collector’s edition vinyl albums from bands as diverse as Sleep ($80) and 5-Star Motelles ($20).
ARISE traffics in authenticity. Here in one small shop is the essence of Burque’s music community, expressed as a form of creative marketing and presentation that will surely encourage repeat visits. And oh yeah, big heshers, they totally have your size: I scored a 3X Spirit Caravan T-shirt there for a measly 15 clams!
Adding to the homestyle, small town record store vibe, ARISE serves a variety of soft drinks and coffees that may be sipped whilst chatting, shopping or jamming the fuck out to whatever metal masterpiece happens to be playing on the joint’s Pioneer turntable. Ellefson Gourmet Coffee is available for a mere $20 per bag.
Besides that, entrants to this craftily designed portal to rocanrol-landia can visit with the two proprietors, who happen to be some of the friendliest, most knowledgeable and totally def members of the local scene, Mike Trujillo and Roman Barham. Thinking ahead to the holidays, if that’s still possible, Arise is the perfect combination of “local” and “music” for shoppers interested in a true encounter with holiday enchantment.