This weekend marks the closing of a place near and dear to me: my local video store. The store, a sort of mom and pop operation has been losing business to Redbox, Netflix, cable television and even online viewing.
Before I moved a couple years ago, I used to live so close to the store that I could take out the garbage and get a movie in one very quick trip. I’ll miss the $3 rentals for new releases ($1 on Tuesdays) and $1 rentals on older movies. However, more than anything, I’ll miss the interaction recommendations from my friend Eddie and his manager (I never caught his name).
Before going to this video store, I rented from Blockbuster where prices were higher and service was less personal. Sure, they said “hello” to me every time I walked in, but they never had time to shoot the breeze with me about movies and music like my friend Eddie.
I can’t help thinking that our world really loses something special when the small mom and pop stores go out of business. We lose a sense of community and customer service — and because there’s less competition, things usually end up costing more.
In honor of all the conversations I had with Eddie about classic rock musicians such as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and (especially) Jeff Beck, here’s a performance from Jeff Beck that is nominated for won a Grammy Award for best rock instrumental performance this evening. It’s also an awesome version of an already great Beatles tune.