By SL Solomon (What Weekly, 3/21/2012)
Charles Village said goodbye to a cherished member of its community on the night of March 12. About thirty friends and lovers of Video Americain gathered with candles, sparklers and picked flowers from early blooming trees to say goodbye to the beloved video rental store that occupied a subterranean spot on the 3100 block of Saint Paul since 1994.
At 10 p.m. the store officially closed due to a decline in business and the health of owner Barry Solan. The vigil, organized by the store’s staff, was short and sweet. One woman took a bus from New York just to say goodbye. Those gathered shared memories and stories from the store, while Barry moved through the crowd shaking hands and exchanging hugs.
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