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The S&R team is hoping their new venture becomes vital to the Near Southside and to the North Texas music scene.
The S&R team is hoping their new venture becomes vital to the Near Southside and to the North Texas music scene.

When you say, “The Near Southside” (or even “the South Side”), the first place you probably think of is West Magnolia Avenue, a pedestrian-friendly quarter-mile strip of vibrant independently owned bars, restaurants, bar/restaurants, retailers, and storefronts. You may even think of Hemphill Street near West Richmond Avenue, a crime-ridden stretch but one with a lot of underground charm thanks to the DIY institution 1919 Hemphill and adult playground The Where House. One area you may not think of — yet — is around South Main Street. There are businesses there, including Amphibian Stage Productions, and some buildings renovated into residences, but after 6 on most nights, the street and its labyrinth of warehouses are dead. And scary.

While this nook might not seem like an ideal spot for socializing, along comes Shipping and Receiving, a new venue/bar specializing in cheap drinks and premier, mostly North Texas-local indie-rock. And because of the people behind the new venture, including co-owner Eddie Vanston, S&R just might be the start of something big on South Main.

“None of us particularly wanted to get into the bar business,” said Vanston, a local developer with several other properties in North Texas, including on the Near Southside, “but people have speculated property [over here], wanting to open something in the future but not wanting to be the first guy to do it. So basically, we’re the sacrificial lamb for the neighborhood.”

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