Russo Music and Cowerks at Asbury’s Lakehouse

The Lakehouse on Lake Avenue in Asbury Park is essentially a factory for the creative process. Everything there is meant to help people jump start their innovative work.

On the first floor is Russo Music where instruments are sold and repaired. The second floor includes Lakehouse Studios where musicians record their work. And the third floor houses Cowerks, a community space for people in tech and creative businesses.

Russo repairRusso repair w guitarsMusic stores can be traditional and bland, but Russo Music is representative of the Asbury Park vibe — artsy, young and unique. Russo is in the basement and kind of hidden. It feels underground. You go down into it. To a photographer, there’s a lot to look at: different guitars and equipment in many colors and shapes and sizes.

russo weird instrumenttrip levine OVERHEARD SCALED VERTRusso’s instrument repair space is like a little garage. The guy working there, Jake Dimeo, reminded me of a mechanic, fixing guitars almost like cars. In need of his repair was a guitar-like instrument I’d never seen before in my life. [left]

Cowerks is a place that provides desks and offices for people to rent instead of working in a cubicle or at home with their cats. Working away there was Trip Levine [right] a web developer who once described himself to the triCityNews as a “master bit mapper rapper.”

Click here for an Asbury Overheard photo album of the photos above full-sized, as well as others from the Lakehouse.

Photos by Julia Lubarsky

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