Mindbomb Records

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.


  1. Daniella! I love your blog topic and you write with such ease. What struck me in this blog post was when you mentioned, “vinyl records give you something tangible to collect.” I remember listening to The Lumineers on vinyl for the first time in high school and just being blown away by the difference in sound quality. That moment has really stayed with me, and I totally agree with you. It’s nice to have a physical collection of music rather than a bunch of digital files that just get lost on your iPhone.

  2. Beautiful blog Daniella!
    I think it’s awesome that you asked the store owner what his thoughts were. You gained some great insight. Well done!

  3. I love the name of the place. As far as I understand from your blog, the name definitely suits the content of the place. I would love to visit there. Thanks for sharing this blog. I added one more place to visit to my list:)

  4. Interesting blog. I was thinking of collecting some records but was confused where to get it from. You showed me the way, Thanks.

  5. I really haven’t tried listing music from a vinyl but after reading your post I should defiantly try visiting vinyl shop and listen to some tunes

  6. I love seeing people’s passion come to life and it’s evident here. From your writing to Chris’ opinions on vinyl it was a beautiful read.

  7. I’ve never ventured into Mindbomb Records – really neat that there is something local for vinyl lovers in the area. I look forward to reading your next posts.

  8. I love Mindbomb Records! St. Catharines has such an awesome arts scene and it’s important that people have a place they can buy vinyls, especially with a lot of bigger stores closing due to online downloading. I hope to see small record shops prosper despite such a drastic shift in the market.

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