When you wind the maze at Artegon, turning a corner can turn the page on your experience, especially if you end up in the corridor that houses Kick Bright Shop & Buttons
. The bright green and orange façade is loud and the records that shop owners Jeffrey and Kristin Howard spin all day basically revive our old favorite Lil Indies DJ night (Shake a Tail Tuesdays) as their collection (sadly not for sale!) features a wealth of obscure ’60s comps. Once inside their welcome den, the vintage clothing provides a primary enticement, but the real gems you’ll find in the case at the front of the shop.
Kick Bright’s 1-inch and 1-and-a-half-inch buttons rev up nostalgia with as much abandon as the early rock the couple keeps alive alongside the items in their treasured vintage collection (which also features toys and oddities they’ve picked up from touring the country as Hot Hands, as well as from gleaning estate sales in Florida over the past 20 years). From cult and classic movie icons to kitties in cute clothes to inside jokes (Larry David for President! Uncle Lou for Mayor of Orlando!), the Howards create a rad amassment that digs deeper and snickers a little louder than more typical buttons you find fastened to vests and bags in town. The shop has also done button work for local bands, with the most recent this set for Me Chinese:
They post the button designs to Instagram regularly, so the account is well worth following, @kick_bright_shop_and_buttons
. There you’ll also see posts of other shop offerings, plus they post the records they’re playing, which is a kind of virtual crate digging we enjoy.
Music nerds have another reason to check out the shop (other than the potential that they may actually carry vinyl in the future). In addition to the buttons, Jeffrey also crafts collages from eclectic album covers, and his bizarro, one-of-a-kind designs are beginning to take over the back wall of the shop, if you’re looking for a new piece for your music room.