Like a goodbye scene from one of the dramas that once lined the shelves, it’s been an emotional journey as Coldstream Video comes to an end.
“Some people are mad, most are sad and were hoping we could stay open longer,” said Collen Clack, who co-owns the long-standing rental store with Jennifer Taylor.
But they are officially closing the doors in just one week (March 25). Clack’s neighbouring water business, the C2 Water Bar, is remaining open.
“In fact I will be expanding with water and ice delivery and also in home reverse osmosis installations,” said Clack, as water sales are much stronger than video rentals.
But as Coldstream Video’s days come to an end, the store is hoping to leave a bit of a legacy by helping kids.
All movies are being sold by donation and proceeds will go to B.C. Children’s Hospital.
And so far, the support from the community has been great.
“We are close to our goal at $2,500,” said Clack, who had hoped to raise $3,500.
“It’s been amazing how many families who have come in and told us a story about their child or someone they know who has spent time at the B.C. Children’s Hospital. It’s brought tears to our eyes!”
While some of the top movies have already been grabbed from the shelves, the owners have dug out another 2,200 titles from their back shelves.
So there’s lots left, with many favourites to be found.
“We have shelved another eight rubbermaids of movies and have restocked,” said Clack, who is ready to clear out everything at lower minimum donation prices.