🐥 This Wedgwood front yard is all 'duck-ed' out
Plus: Cafe Racer is coming to Capitol Hill.
By Grace Madigan
And just like that, we’re back for this fine Tuesday.
Remember video rental stores? At the risk of alienating some older Evergrey readers, I admit that my memories of them all come from my childhood. Personally, I think the magic of video stores stemmed from the fact that renting a movie was a finite thing. It meant you didn’t own this movie, you couldn’t revisit it whenever you wanted, and you wouldn’t be able to choose a new film to watch until your next visit to the store. And that’s not even mentioning the tactile aspect of holding a physical piece of media in your hands nor the sensation of wandering down an aisle and scanning the thousands of organized titles as you mulled over which story you’re in the mood for, a feeling not all that unlike perusing a bookstore.
Now for the reason I’m getting all nostalgic: Maple Leaf’s Reckless Video announced it is closing on July 31. It’s yet another small business that’s succumbed to the tumult of the past year and a world where on-demand services are preferred over the analog. You can take a look at its schedule for clearing out inventory and the rest of its final days right here.
I’ll gladly admit to being a Netflix and Hulu subscriber — both supply a convenient access to media that was inconceivable during the video store’s peak. With that said, I think having these sorts of spaces is essential to community life. They offer a bit of romanticism, a tangible reminder of the past, but above all else, they provide a physical communal space for people to gather, converse, and share their passion. Whether looking for the newest blockbuster, a bit of comfort or just a simple, low-stakes escape, video stores have always provided an endless array of stories waiting to be discovered.
If you have any memories of Reckless Video or another Seattlevideo store you used to frequent, I’d love to hear about them — you can share just by replying to this email. In other news, we’ve got an update on Cafe Racer, more local reopenings, and a last chance to enter our giveaway with Sasquatch Books. So keep on scrolling and see for yourself...