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Reckless Video: The Last Family-Owned Video Store In Seattle, To Close In July

By Emma Colosia

Reckless Video: The Last Family-Owned Video Store In Seattle, To Close In July

It’s time to say goodbye to Reckless Video in Maple Leaf. The video store is closing on July 31.

How long has it been since you’ve seen a movie on DVD or VHS format? One of the last video stores in Seattle is closing this July after the pandemic impact.

After 30 years in business, the family-owned video store has decided to close its doors permanently. Mike Kelley, the owner and a familiar face inside the store, announced their last day would be July 31.

Reckless didn’t go down without a fight. The store opened in the Maple Leaf neighborhood three decades ago and survived many obstacles, including a fire in 2001 that destroyed their whole shop. They outlived their biggest competitor, Blockbuster, and decided not to throw in the towel after streaming services boomed.

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After the closing of Reckless, there will be only one independent video store left in Emerald City. Scarecrow Video, located in Roosevelt, is still operating. If you’re feeling nostalgic for a good old movie night, visit Reckless before their closing date or take a look around Scarecrow!

Featured image by Reckless Video.