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September 1st, 2003

Mom-n-Pop Video Stores

Throughout the 80s and early 90s, mom-n-pop video stores were everywhere. You’d always recognize the person at the counter and while they wouldn’t have 80,000 copies of the latest blockbuster, their back catalog of movies was always impressive. I always apprecited seeing the gigantic Wizard Video boxes and the availability of the many outdated WWF videos. These days, though, only a sparse few exist in the shadow of the brightly lit Blockbuster or Hollywood Video stores, usually in small, out-of-the-way towns where the mega-stores haven’t yet taken over.

Do you have any mom-n-pop video stores left in your town?

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday September 1, 2003 -- 1:40:51 pm
YES!!! I got to Video Fan here in Richmond, which is just four blocks from my apartment. It's an old townhouse stocked pretty well with cult, foreign, and classic flicks, and they increase their DVD stock by about 10 titles every week. Even better is the staff, which is very knowledgable and very nerdy.

FROM: abby normal
DATE: Monday September 1, 2003 -- 5:14:04 pm
nope. not since the big boys - blockbuster/hollywood video put em out of business. i miss walking into the mom & pops video stores and seeing the fading video jackets on the walls. quite the selection of out of date and weird titles.

hopefully, netflix is putting a crimp into blockbusters/hollywood videos sales.

FROM: Greg
DATE: Tuesday September 2, 2003 -- 3:15:25 pm
Berwyn Home Video is still around. I remember walking into their store when they had a wide selection of BETA tapes. Now they mostly specialize in the adult home video market. It's not hard to figure out why I stopped going there.

FROM: mel
DATE: Tuesday September 2, 2003 -- 7:41:12 pm
I'm not sure if this place is still there, but it was there last year when I moved away. The place is Circle Video in Forest Park, IL. They usually have a good selection of current titles, and always have an odd collection of old videos. BUT, that's not the cool part. Circle Video will not only DELIVER your movie to your door, they also deliver pizza as well. And you might think that a video rental/pizza parlor might not make such good pizza, but it's some of the better pizza in town. I miss that place...

FROM: Matt
DATE: Saturday September 6, 2003 -- 3:35:27 pm
Fredericksburg was pretty primo for mom and pop shops. If you couldn't find a wrestling tape, leprachuan movie, or b-film there then you couldn't find it anywhere.

FROM: Jeff Mitchem
DATE: Monday May 31, 2004 -- 1:08:43 pm
My wife runs a small video store here in Bluefield, WV. It is called Vidiots. There are big chains around us in nearby towns (Movie Gallery and Blockbuster), but we are holding our own. People like coming to a place where their names are remembered and the staff actually takes the time to research movies...

FROM: Antonio
DATE: Tuesday October 26, 2004 -- 7:58:53 pm
We have a 2 story Mom n Pop video store here in TUCSON ARIZONA...
Check it out at

Rita May 14, 2007, 10:16 pm

Yes…me. {:o) Although it is getting harder & harder. I have several of the old WWF videos. I have over 15000 VHS & about 3000 DVD titles. My old VHS still rent pretty well. We don’t have a Blockbuster or a Movie Gallery here in our little town, YET. Although there are current rumors circulating around town. 15 years ago, I honestly don’t think a big chain would have hurt us. In my humble opinion, DVDs were the beginning of the end. VHS were $80 & up. Walmart didn’t handle them until they were out awhile & the price came down. People wouldn’t wait until Walmart got them in. It was a BIG DEAL to get the New Releases on street date. We bought more copies & they were out all the time. Now….the DVDs are cheaper. People come in & if the movie they want is not in stock, they say, “I’ll just go buy it.” I blame that more than Blockbuster & Movie gallery. I’m not sure the prices @ Movie Gallery, but Blockbuster is higher than we are. People with satellite or cable get tired of the same movie playing over & over & they still rent movies…maybe not as often as they once did. Movies are kind of an impulse item, so although some of my customers use NET FLIX, they still come in & rent movies. The movie business will never return to what it once was. I just hope to stay afloat. My husband passed away in 2002 & it’s the only income I have.

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