More than a decade and a half has passed since Good Records opened its doors on Lower Greenville. Now the owners are preparing to launch an offshoot, Good Pagoda, with a boutique approach.
The new spot is on Garland Road in East Dallas, across the street from the beloved Hypnotic Donuts. The top floor of the space will be the new home for Super Yoga Palace, which closed in Deep Ellum in 2014 after a five-year run.
Good Pagoda opened Dec. 3.
The owners of Good Pagoda are part of the Polyphonic Spree, a choral rock band in Dallas with a revolving cast of musicians. (Frontman Tim DeLaughter and his wife Julie Doyle co-founded the band back in 2000. Christopher Penn manages the band. His wife, Jennifer Penn, no longer tours with the Polyphonic Spree but performs at some shows. Cassandra Askin is a full-time member. All are involved with Good Pagoda.)
Doyle says the space will be called Good Pagoda for two reasons:
- "We are fans of the great Pagoda in Wes Anderson's film, The Royal Tenenbaums," Doyle says. Late actor Kumar Pallana played the character Pagoda and appeared in three other films by Anderson. Here in Dallas, Pallana owned Cosmic Cup (now Cosmic Cafe) and Doyle remembers visiting him there.
- "A pagoda itself has its own merit," Doyle continues, speaking of the word that refers to a meeting place. "We hope the space will reflect a celebration of community and good stuff."
The partners considered opening a second Good Records. But they opted for a business that will be both a gift shop stocked by local artists and a place to buy vinyl records.
Next door, Doyle just opened a bar called Lounge Here on Oct. 1.
Given that the space for Good Pagoda had two floors and hardwood floors, Doyle thought it could be the perfect place to revive Jessica Jordan's yoga business. In addition to being a yoga studio with 30 classes a week, Super Yoga Palace also has a room that will be used for yoga therapy and other holistic services.
It's a natural marriage for both businesses, which focus on community.
"It's nice to have our whole experience as friends and performers integrated into business," Jordan says. "Somebody wants to help you paint just because they believe in the vision. You don't often get that in business, but that's kind of the vibe that surrounds it all. It's a great ideal, but unique to experience in person."
Downstairs at Good Pagoda, customers can get classic rock T-shirts pressed at the shop. It will also sell jewelry, furniture, posters, candles, and several items from local artists, including those from members of Polyphonic Spree.
"It's music," Doyle says. "It's lifestyle. There's no telling what you're going to be able to come in and find.
By JEREMY HALLOCK, SPECIAL CONTRIBUTOR