Three years ago, a new landlord bought the shopping center on Point Dume and yanked the lease of The Dume Room, a beloved dive bar known for its rockin' juke box and raunchy style. The guy then hiked the remaining rents, which drove some tenants out altogether. Others, like Zuma Video & Music, were forced to move from their desirable ground floor digs to problematic spaces on the second floor.
Now I know video stores are about as viable as newspapers these days, what with Hulu and iTunes and Netflix, and the Great Recession isn't helping. But Zuma Video had a loyal following built up over its 25 years in business, and without the crazy rent hike and the crummy new location, could have had a decent shot at survival.
Instead, everything in the store, all of it, the CDs and DVDs and t-shirts and guitar strings and even some of the art, is for sale. It closes its doors for good on Saturday.
And the space where the Dume Room stood? More than three years later, still empty.