Winnie Hanford, Kensington Video’s Rock of Gibraltar, just delivered a heaping dose of terrible news. After 30 years in business, the world-class video store will be closing shop in February, 2015.
Apart from helping them go out in a blaze of glory, there is little that fans of the House that Winnie Built can do to prevent its closing. The Hanford’s minds are set. Winnie and Rich have been operating out of 4067 Adams Avenue since 1963, 21 years before turning their Hallmark Cards shop into the best damn video store in all the land.
The family has worked so hard all these years to make the store the success that it is. Who among us would dare deny them a blissful retirement? I, for one! As much as I’d love to see Winnie and Rich and Pam and Guy enjoy the fruits of their labor, where am I going to go when I need a copies of Godard’s Maoist films or Roller Boogie? Not Netflix.
With the exception of a few hired hands, Kensington Video has always operated under a strict policy of “only blood touches the register.” Winnie laughed at the thought of her grandchildren taking over the day-to-day operations, saying, “They don’t want to work as hard as we do!”
I’ll be taping an interview tomorrow with Winnie and her son and video shelf-stocker, Guy Hanford.
Update: Interview with Winnie and Guy has been posted.