By Brittany Wong
Photo by Walt Mancini
2423 E Colorado Blvd.
MeowMeowz! 1 Stop Rock Shop
One by one, Veronika T. Sorrow watched the Melrose punk shops of her youth disappear. When she opened her own shop MeowMeowz! in 2009, she drew heavily from memory.
“My greatest compliment is when folks realize I’m completely inspired by those rad shops from yesterday,” said Sorrow, citing Retail Slut, Bleeker Bob’s and Vinyl Fetish as examples. “East Colorado, to me, represents the new frontier.”
Like the punk shops that preceded it, MeowMeowz! carries a mom-and-pop sensibility – if mom and pop were weaned on the Ramones and Misfits records and squeezed into bondage pants.
You’ll find those pants packed into racks filled with a variety of used and new clothing: jean and leather jackets, Chinese dragon robes, Ringwald-esque polka dot dresses and the occasional pit crew button-up. Nearby, the aforementioned bands can be found in an expansive vinyl record collection, neatly organized by genre (classical, comedy, new wave, heavy metal, etc.)
The shop’s shoe selection includes platform creepers, spiked heels suggestive of Louboutin, and fringe booties, cheekily deemed “Punkahontas” on the price tag.
And like any punk shop worth its stripe, MeowMeowz! stocks posters in varieties both macabre (Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Romero’s Dawn of the Dead) and maudlin (Morrissey, a print of Billie Holiday’s “Lady in Satin”).
Want to put the band buttons and patches you picked up to good use? Every Friday and Saturday night, the shop hosts a live show.
2423 E. Colorado Blvd.
noon – 8 p.m. daily
meowmeowzrockshop.com; Twitter: @meowmeowzrocks