Special Sections » Cleveland People

The Record Store Throwback: Charles Abou-Chebl

Owner, My Mind's Eye


1 comment

In 1999, shortly after he opened his record store, My Mind's Eye, on Madison Avenue in Lakewood, Charles Abou-Chebl was ready to give up. "I hated where I was located almost immediately," he says one afternoon from the store that, with its wide selection of everything from 7-inches to CDs and fanzines, is a throwback to the old-school independent record store. And yet, Abou-Chebl spent 13 years at that Madison Avenue location before moving to the current location farther west on Detroit Road.

"Business comes in waves," he says. "Look around, we have tens of thousands of CDs. I just got a stack in today. Someone is going to want the complete Junior Kimbrough catalogue or Al Green. We have to get them back in when they sell. There's great times and not so great times, but I don't know what else to do. I always say that if I had a wife and kids, I wouldn't be doing this. But I don't." An ardent music fan, he keeps a list of upcoming shows (the slip of paper simply says, "Shows — Go see one or two") on the wall of the store not only so customers know what bands are coming to town but also so he can remind himself of concerts he wants to attend.

"I used to go see a bunch of shows in the same night but I don't go to as many shows any more," he says. "I'm not happy about that." Not just a metalhead (he's a big fan of Jim Szabo's jazz show on WRUW), Abou-Chebl ardently supports the local scene and regularly puts out local releases on his My Mind's Eye record label.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.