Baltimore's Video Americain, one of the few remaining video rental shops in a dying industry, has gotten a shout-out in the New York Times' small business blog.
Miguel Gomez recently opened — you guessed it, a video store! — in suburban Philadelphia and told the New York Times that streaming and online video rentals can't beat the personal experience of browsing through titles and getting recommendations at a store.
"There aren’t too many video stores left in the country, but the ones that are left are all pretty great," Gomez tells the New York Times
. "Baltimore has Video Americain
, Seattle has Scarecrow Video
, Austin has both I Luv Video
and Vulcan Video
, San Francisco has both Lost Weekend Video
and Le Video
… so there are communities still supporting video stores, as long as the video stores have stellar inventories."
Video Americain has two Maryland locations: one on Cold Spring Lane in Roland Park and another in Takoma Park. Last year, it closed its Charles Village shop