Uniquely Utah: Utah video store succeeds despite streaming services, pandemic
BOUNTIFUL, Utah — In the 1980s, movies on VHS could be rented seemingly everywhere. Gas stations, grocery stores and pharmacies were all getting in on the growing business. Soon, small chain stores gave way to big chain stores like Hollywood Video and Blockbuster.
But the coming of the digital era, along with streaming services like Netflix and Hulu have nearly made video stores extinct. But you wouldn’t know that stepping inside Top Hat Video in Bountiful, Utah.
There are nearly 33,000 film titles on DVD and Blu-ray, and a steady stream of customers to rent them.
“They make us feel welcome here. It’s like family,” customer Lynne Godfrey said. She and her husband Jerry come once a week and rent between 6-8 DVDs.