In a strange coincidence, I stumbled across two video store-related stories, both with a local bent.
The first one starts with a letter from a recent issue of Time (the one with the package of meat on the cover):
Here's a link to the critique he's addressing: Why Netflix Stinks.
Jack Trifero is the owner of Gramaphone Video in New Canaan, and while I've never been to his store, I agree with his view of the video store as a great place to chat with the staff. If you've ever been to MediaWave in Fairfield, you know exactly what he means. The guys there are movie geeks and can always point you in the right direction. The closest thing you get from Netflix is "Based on your 5-star rating of Mighty Joe Young, we recommend Joe Dirt."
However, I have to disagree with Jack's (and Time's) assertion that Netflix is the problem. Blockbuster and Hollywood Video killed mom-and-pop video stores long before Netflix was a player. If anything, Netflix is just the potential final nail in the coffin.
In other news, the former Video Hut may soon play host to some fruits and vegetables, though I'm leery of the idea of renting produce.
Then again, that's what they said about the former Family Dollar on Prospect Street, and nothing has *ahem* sprouted there yet.