This week I decided to stay local and check out what my hometown had to offer. I visited Mindbomb records located on James St. in downtown St. Catharines.
At first glance, Mindbomb records are sharp, clean and crisp. Opening on Record Store Day, two years ago owner Chris Charkowy couldn’t be more proud of the progress they have made. Chris never planned on opening up his own record store but after 15 years working in other record stores across the Niagara Region, he decided that he wanted to fill the void in Niagara for people looking to get new and newly pressed records.
Mindbomb records specialized in mainly new and some used vinyl and CD’s, as well as, operating as a ticket master outlet. When I asked Chris about why he thinks people are falling back in love with vinyl, he explained that the generation that has grown up with only CD’s and downloads senses the passion that they have for music. I too can agree that vinyl records give you something tangible to collect.
This year also happens to be the 10th anniversary of Record Store Day on April 22. So if you are just diving into the vinyl world like me, this day is a great opportunity to meet your local record store owners and learn more about the unique culture surrounding independently owned record stores all over the world.