LOS FELIZ — From her second-floor shop on the border of Los Feliz and Silver Lake, Hayley Nahmias of Video Journeys has watched former rivals down on Hyperion Avenue close over the years: Blockbuster. Video Active. Video Hut. Now it’s Nahmias’ turn to hold a going out of business sale. After more than three decades in business, Video Journeys is closing at the end of July.
News of the closure and close out sale generated a long line of customers earlier this week that stretched from the front door, down a stairway and into the parking lot next to the Gelson’s Market, Nahmias told a customer. Nahmias said she believes it’s the last store focused on video and DVD rentals in the Silver Lake area.
Video Journeys once occupied about 5,000-square-feet of space in the same location. But, as rivals like Netflix and now online streaming draw customers away, the shop has shrunk to slightly more than 2,000-square-feet, Nahmias said. “The last couple of years have been hard,” she said.
A 2013 L.A. Times story featured the store as among the last of its kind in Los Angeles:
But the main attraction is that Video Journeys is a social hub. The store has a toy chest for kids to root around in for whistles and play tattoos, and a coloring section to keep them occupied while their parents shop. On Tuesday morning, a steady trickle of customers moved through the neatly arranged store: a retired editor, several screenwriters, a scientist and just plain folks, talking about their kids’ time off from school, films they liked and didn’t and life in general.
“It’s an outing for me,” said Steven Alvarez, 55, of Mount Washington. “We need human interaction.”
Nahmias did not want to discuss the details of the closure but an approximately 2,000-square-foot, second-floor space is for lease at the shopping center.
The store will hold a party on July 25 to thanks its customers before it closes, Nahmias said. “We had a good run.”
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