Photo by Gray Duck Studios— Lisa Quinlan
Business: The Electric Fetus
Your Name: Aaron Meyerring and Stephanie Covart Meyerring
Job Title: 2nd Generation owners
Give us a brief overview of your business and what services you provide the community: We are an independent music and gift store in business since 1968, with locations in Minneapolis and Duluth, Minnesota. We are best known for our funky environment, vast array of music selection, used product, vinyl, hard-to-find titles, in-store performances and events and unique clothing and gift boutique.
How many years have you been in business? We have been in business for 51 years. We’ll turn 52 in June!
What’s something unique we should know about your business? Something unique about The Electric Fetus is that we appeal to multi-generations. A child can come in with their parent and grandparent, and each person will find something of interest in the gift and music departments. We have something for everyone!
What’s your favorite thing about your job? Working with our spouse (wink wink, we have to say that right?) But in all honesty, the best parts about our job are being surrounded by music everyday, being able to bring our community together in a positive way, seeing our customers being excited about being at the store(s) or what they bought is so fulfilling. Another favorite thing for us would be the dedication of our employees. Everyone’s roles at the store(s) are so vital to who we are, and have helped shape who we are over the years.
What’s the best thing about working with the GLBT community? We take pride in working with many groups in our community, and we appreciate the loyalty of the GLBT community. We offer many things—from local music and artisans to international artists—that are of interest to GLBT patrons of live music and other performing arts.
Does your business have anything new, fun or unique happening on the horizon? Yes! Record Store Day is nearing for us! It is typically the 3rd Saturday in April and is a global day to celebrate independent record stores. This year it is on Saturday, April 18, 2020. It is an event-filled exciting day full of exclusive products, live performances, food trucks, vinyl craft area for all ages and so much more! If you’ve never been, you need to check it out!
We also have our Anniversary Sale coming up in June—we turn 52. And always check in with us in our stores or online: we host numerous events and performances throughout the year! There is always something fun on the horizon.
If you weren’t doing your current job, what would you be doing? It’s hard to imagine The Fetus not being in our lives, but if we did do something else:
Aaron: I would love to try my hand at competition BBQ.
Stephanie: Interior Design. It is what I went to school for and actually where I started my career before The Fetus.