Posted by: Paul Keen
As we sit at home in this second lockdown, many of us have been enjoying the chance to watch movies together more than ever. For a lot of us, that means renting DVDs from a local small business, Glebe Video International. Film lovers in Ottawa know that Glebe Video International is an irreplaceable gem, the place where one can find thousands of films from around the world and through the decades—films no streaming service offers.
Like many small stores in our area, Glebe Video is struggling to survive the economic impact of the pandemic, which has become even more dire with the news of the current lockdown. Many of the stores who need help the most do not qualify for government support because they are too small, which is exactly what makes them such irreplaceable parts of our community. Without our direct help, our friends will not be able to stay in business for us to visit when this ordeal is over.
We’re inspired by something much larger than the immediate pandemic: our sense of how much our communities lose when these sorts of unique and cherished stores, many of which have been with us for decades, are forced to close. You can read more about this community treasure here.
Please consider donating to the GoFundMe campaign that has been started to help Glebe Video get through this difficult time.