Kevin Koppes is The Video Underground's CEO, owner, head of security, and amusing. He used his jocular nature to announce that the last video store in Boston, right in Egleston Square, will be expanding to take over the adjacent commercial space next door. Originally, located in Hyde Square and now at 3202 Washington St., The Video Underground has had to adapt its business model as video stores became obsolete. Koppes created a screening room and to-go cafe. "But as we've added other goods and services through the last few years.
The stormy weather brought down a huge tree on Washington Street at Montebello. Our friends at the recently-relocated Video Underground shared the above photo of the damage. Universal Hub reports the tree is blocking traffic in both directions. Winds are gusting above 50 mph, according to weather-watcher Anthony Siciliano.
Good morning, neighborhood. Here's your morning memo for Thursday, April 17. Office Hours for Malia, O'Malley: If you need a little help on Beacon Hill or in City Hall, stop by JP Licks, 659 Centre St., Friday morning and you can catch two of our neighborhood's representatives. State Representative Liz Malia, D-Jamaica Plain, will be there from 8-9:30 a.m. City Councilor Matt O'Malley plans office hours from 8-9 a.m. that same morning. For more info, call Malia's office at 617-722-2060 or reach O'Malley's office at 617-635-4220.
Jamaica Plain's signature independent video store isn't closing after all. It's true that on Feb. 17, Video Underground announced on its Facebook page that it would be closing soon. But that was before cinephile, entrepreneur (and Celtics blogger) Kevin Koppes saw that post on Facebook. He knew right away something had to be done, that Video Underground couldn't die like this after nearly 12 years in business.
UPDATE, Friday, March 14: Good news! Video Underground isn't closing after all. ~~~~~
One of Jamaica Plain's best-known businesses is closing. Video Underground announced on its Facebook page that it will be closing soon:
The Video Underground would like to thank all of its patrons over our nearly 12 years in Jamaica Plain for all of their support throughout the years. We will closing our doors for good in the near future and will be running a HUGE going out of business sale.