How does a video store survive in the time of Netflix and on-demand movies on cable?
The Video Underground has…More done it since October of 2002 by making a home for independent films and the people who love them.
"We give customers a curatorial voice," said owner Evonne Hyla Wetzner. She opened the store "to fill a void for independent film in the city of Boston."
In addition to having more than 15,000 carefully chosen movies to rent or buy, the store hosts a "Backyard Film Series" on Thursday nights during the summer.
If a customer wants to know if The Video Underground has a particular title, visit its well-designed website, which has a continuously updated database. It's instant gratification versus waiting for a movie to show up in the Netflix queue.
Wetzner credits Jamaica Plain itself as a reason for the store's success. "I think people in Jamaica Plain are more focused on shopping locally," she said.
Aviary Gallery 48 South St, Jamaica Plain, MA02130 Aviary Gallery is an art gallery, artist community space and boutique. It offers local art, books, jewelry, crafts and…More more. The gallery also offers concerts, lectures, workshops, movie screenings and live performances.
Tedeschi Food Shops 684 Centre St, Jamaica Plain, MA02130 What's better than a 24-hour Tedeschi/Dunkin Donuts right in the middle of Centre Street? No matter what…More time it is, Tedeschi's is there for your convenience. Stop in for magazines, ice cream, candy, soda or coffee, have a seat in the corner and play the lottery or pick up a movie at Blockbuster Express.
Jamaica Plain Public Library 12 Sedgwick St, Jamaica Plain, MA02130 This branch will celebrate 100 years in the same building in 2011. While small by the standard of some libraries, this…More branch has focused collections in several areas, such as graphic novels, Spanish language books for adults and children, mysteries, local history, travel guides and movies on DVD. The building has tall, school house-style windows and 25-foot ceilings. Built as a mirror image of itself, it has two huge fireplaces (they are not used for heating, however.) An auditorium downstairs hosts community events, including readings and even the occasional dance party. This branch has a dedicated Friends of the Library group that runs the annual book sale and every March has a fundraiser featuring Irish music, amid other efforts. You can reach the president of the Friends group, Don Haber, at the library's address and phone number. The branch also has a very active and frequently updated Facebook page.