The 9 Best Vinyl Record Stores in Cleveland (Real Local’s Opinion)

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When you think of Rock ‘n’ Roll, artists and bands that come to mind probably include Led Zeppelin, The Who, Queen, Elvis, Aerosmith, and U2. Maybe even The Beatles! What probably does not come to mind is the city of Cleveland, Ohio.

However, Cleveland is actually the birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll! Thanks to Alan Freed and his radio show on WJW Cleveland, Rock ‘n’ Roll became what we know it as today! If you don’t believe me, just check out the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in downtown Cleveland, Ohio.

Cleveland is not only home to the Rock Hall (as locals would call it); it is also home to some great vinyl record stores!

Check out our list of the nine best vinyl record stores in Cleveland below. Who knows, you might even find a vintage Elvis or Fleetwood Mac record while you browse!

Map of the Best Record Stores in Cleveland

1. Blue Arrow Records

Located on the eastside of Cleveland’s Waterloo Arts district, Blue Arrow Records is a unique record store with hundreds of albums spanning from the 1950s through the present day. One of the coolest parts of the store is actually the floor – which is 1300 square feet and is made of vintage vinyl records, acquired by the owner, Pete, over the years.

It should be noted that the store is only open Friday, Saturday, and Sundays from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. Plan accordingly! While you are there, you can check out some other local art galleries or stop at Citizen’s Pie for a pizza.

2. The Loop

The Loop is more than just vinyl records! It is also home to a delicious coffee bar. This record shop is filled with vintage vinyls as well as more contemporary beats. Their coffee is a can’t miss, and their two-story spot is the perfect way to kill some time on a cold, Cleveland afternoon.

The Loop is located in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland, which is just south of downtown.

  • Address: 2180 W. 11th St. Cleveland, Ohio 44113
  • Website: The Loop

3. The Exchange

Cleveland Heights is home to The Exchange: a vinyl record store that has a plethora of new and vintage records, as well as CDs and video games! This store is part of a broader, nation-wide initiative to buy, sell, and trade different types of entertainment.

If you have some old CDs to sell or want to scope out vintage vinyl, this is a perfect place to try!

P.S. – While you are in the Coventry neighborhood of Cleveland Heights, make sure you try out Phoenix Coffee Co for a delicious beverage!

  • Address: 1836 1/2 Coventry Rd. Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118
  • Website: The Exchange

4. A Separate Reality Records

Nestled on the west side of Cleveland in the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood, A Separate Reality Records focuses on unique, vintage records from the golden-era of Rock ‘n’ Roll. They are the largest used record store in the Cleveland area, and specialize in vinyls from the 1960s-1990s.

5. Mistake by the Lake Records

While Cleveland is no longer known as the mistake by the lake (at least not by locals!), this record store is a fun play on the decades-old nickname. Mistake by the Lake Records focuses on local musicians and artists, as well as rare vinyls.

Note that their hours are limited to 12:00 – 6:00 p.m. Monday-Sunday!

6. My Mind’s Eye Records

It’s hard to remember a time before streaming any type of music from your phone was not a possibility, but My Mind’s Eye brings you back to that 90s/early 2000s walkman vibe. Located in Lakewood, Ohio this record store focuses on both new and used vinyls and CDs.

7. Brittany’s Record Shop

Located in the Ohio City neighborhood on the westside of Cleveland, Brittany’s Record Shop can’t be missed! The only thing sold in the store are vinyl records, with an emphasis on soul, jazz, Hip-Hop, and reggae genres. And if you are lucky, there might be a DJ spinning records while you shop.

8. Late Nite Records

Late Nite Records is Cleveland’s newest vinyl store! This local shop is owned and operated by the marketing manager of Whiskey Island Still & Eatery. As the name suggests, the record store is open in the evening, from 5 p.m. – midnight. This allows the owner, Allen Wagner, to continue working his day job and accommodate for people who work typical 9-5 jobs.

Like The Loop, Late Nite Records is located in the Tremont neighborhood.

9. Black Market Records

Black Market Records is a small vinyl records store that is located in the basement of No Class in Lakewood. Black Market shares a home with the Heavy Metal Flea market and the focus is on new and used music and apparel. If you are a fan of heavy metal, check this one out!

A quick note: the store hours vary from month to month. However, you can directly contact Emma via her email (heavymetalfleamarket@gmail.com) to schedule a visit.

Honorable Mention: Gotta Groove Records

This one’s a bit different. Gotta Groove is not your typical record store. In fact, it is actually a record pressing plant! At Gotta Groove, customers are able to have their own vinyl records created. You can read more about their unique back story at their website link below.

While there is no physical storefront for Gotta Groove Records, you can order a variety of them online. Additionally, you can request a tour if you are interested in seeing the process of record pressing!