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Dave Buick

 

Published 9/17/2003

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The co-owner of Young Soul Rebels record store and label (which will release the vinyl LP version of Detroit band Slumber Party’s latest album, 3) can be found many nights holding court on the downtown bar scene. In fact, that’s one of his fave things about the city.

“I’ll just say, ‘the bar’ — meaning the Garden Bowl, the Bronx and Lager House,” says the ever-gregarious Buick. “I like the idea of the collective ‘bar.’ I love going out and having all the people who are there and who work there be friends of mine.”

When not tipping an elbow, though, Buick’s likely relaxing at his home in Detroit’s Woodbridge neighborhood.

“I love my house. I love Woodbridge — and I think most people would agree with me,” he laughs.

“It’s a big ol’ house that I feel comfortable in, and I like the fact that I can sit in my back yard and play with my dog and hear nothing but crickets. There’s always pheasants in my back yard. It’s like living on a farm in the middle of the city.”

It also helps that he’s convinced that the ghost of a member of the Stroh family who was murdered in the house is somehow on hand to watch over things.

Of course, life can’t be a 50-50 split betwixt shut-in and night-owl. So it is that Buick’s third spot in his 313 trifecta is a lonely softball field under the Ambassador Bridge where he and his pals partake in the occasional pick-up game. “It was, at one point, a weekly league of people that had no business playing softball.”

“It’s right under the bridge. It’s a sweet place and no one messes with you,” he says, sounding as close as he ever gets to wistful.

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