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RIP: Mind Candy

June 27, 2008

I’ve known this was coming for some time, but now it’s official. Mind Candy, Vancouver’s greatest alternative book and video store will be closing up shop for good in a few months.
Now, if you want to rent Alejandro Jodowrosky videos or great cult TV series or some smutty comics, you have no one to blame but yourself, Vancouverite. You just didn’t want to drive a few measly miles out of your way to rent up some kultcha. Now you must schlep your sorry ass over to Movie Madness over in Pee Town when you want to see a bunch of Coffin Joe movies or Peter Greenaway flicks. Tsk, tsk.
Also, a hearty fuck you to the Vancouver Voice, for their apparent deliberate snub of Mind Candy (along with – ahemThe Catalyst!) when doing their lengthy article on Uptown Village and what a trendy, upscale and hip place it is supposed to be .
Vancouver doesn’t deserve you, Mind Candy. Let them rent 300 on Netflix.
I’m especially sad about the closing of Mind Candy, because it is the remains of what was Pegasus Books, a store run by a guy who I’ve come to be friends with over the last 24 years or so, Pat Richardson. He used to run the store in a dilapidated ghost-plaza on Grand and Evergreen for decades before partnering with movie and book collector Jerry, where they turned half of the store into a goldmine of movie rental weirdness. They moved the store a few years ago into trendy Uptown Village on Mainstreet and seemed to thrive for a spell. But a combination of a shit economy and a third partner’s departure made the end inevitable. So I’ve been renting every movie I can think of and copying it to my hard drive. Sigh. And pawing through old comics and remembering. Sad.

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