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Vinyl records are the newest addition to Cleveland’s storied production history with Gotta Groove Records on Cleveland’s east side. The vinyl pressing plant utilizes innovative technology and processes to produce between 10,000-15,000 high-quality vinyl records each week. Since their opening in 2009, Gotta Groove Records not only produces the records at an affordable price, but they also provide post-production design services, warehousing and top-notch customer service. Artists and visitors alike are welcome to explore the pressing plant located in Tyler Village, a renovated elevator factory. Just be sure to call ahead first.
One of the premier indie-rock shops in town, Music Saves is located in the Waterloo neighborhood right next to The Beachland Ballroom and Tavern. Owners Kevin and Melanie keep their CDs and vinyl racks stocked with the latest and hippest releases from artists throughout the world.
Charles Abou-Chebl has a thorough understanding of rock and all its manifestations throughout the decades. His store, located in the west side suburb of Lakewood, specializes in some heavier rock selections; though visitors shouldn’t count him out on pretty much anything.
Blue Arrow Records in the kitschy, cool Collinwood neighborhood, is the newest addition to Cleveland’s growing family of vinyl record stores. As stunning as the collection of LPs and 45s from the 1950s to present day is the 1,300 square feet of floor that owner Pat Gulyas covered entirely with vintage album covers, creating a mosaic as diverse as the store’s music collection.
Located in the W. 78th Street Studios, a CD’s toss from the Cleveland/Lakewood border, Bent Crayon stocks a smorgasbord of music from the fringes of the rock genre. We’re not so much talking old-school rarities, as much as sounds from within the deep underground heart of music, especially if it’s of the electronic kind.
Players in the music-selling game come and go, but the long-standing Record Revolution, first opened in 1968, holds sway with CDs and a basement full of vinyl on Coventry Road in Cleveland Heights. For rock die-hards, famed signatures and grafitti still line the walls, just like you’d find in a rock club that’d been open for 30 years.