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April 3/20

So tomorrow (at the Commercial shop) will be our last pop-up for a while. Sunday at Cambie is cancelled. I’ve been getting slightly wigged-out as of late what with all this plague bugaboo and what not. There’s still too many folks not adhering to the rules of conduct laid out by us. I don’t want to be that guy that gets it and spreads it around- especially to my family. So we’re taking a break. That and I had 5 folks place orders and then not show up at Cambie yesterday which was a bummer. So, as usual, place your orders here – blackdogvid@gmail.com – and I’ll do my best to have them ready for you. Specify DVD or Blu Ray. Pay in advance if you can – e-transfer works to address above. See you tomorrow (briefly please) and then…stay tuned…

April 1/20

Sorry, no April Fool’s joke this year. Some truth I can lay down for you and you can pick it up and do whatever you like with it is…I’ll be at the Commercial shop today noon until 3 for all of your movie wants and needs. Send me a list – – blackdogvid@gmail.com – and I’ll have them ready for you or come on in and pick something out – just don’t spend too much time in shop if that’s cool. And as usual, our fabulous deals will be in effect – Rent 2 New Releases, get a 3rd FREE, 5 catalogue films (non-new releases) for $10. If you want to pay in advance you can e-transfer me to the above email address or call in with your credit card. In-store payment is fine as well. I’ll be at the Cambie shop tomorrow – all rules and regulations mentioned above apply.

March 30/20

I’d like to continue with our little “pop-up” events (for lack of a better term – “Dog Openings”? That sounds kinda gross) for a while. I was thinking of doing twice a week at each location as long as there’s folks who want to still come in and rent. Saturday and Wednesday at Commercial and Sunday and Thursday at Cambie. Noon till 3 at both shops. How does that grab you? And as usual, our fabulous deals will be in effect – Rent 2 New Releases, get a 3rd FREE, 5 catalogue films (non-new releases) for $10. Send me your requests and I’ll do my best to get them ready for pick-up – blackdogvid@gmail.com

March 29/20

I will be at the Cambie shop from 1 until 3 (or later if it’s still busy). Please send me your orders and I’ll do my best to get them ready for you – blackdogvid@gmail. And remember our rules of conduct:

 

  • no more than 3-4 humans in the store at one time
  • please don’t handle the actual movie boxes, just tell me what you want
  • no browsing. If you need help finding things, just ask
  • do not lurch up to the desk and lean in and on the desk. Please respect the tape on the floor as it is not purely decorative.
  • be respectful of everyone in the store and stay a safe distance. No high-fiving, chest bumping, twerking or secret handshakes

 

March 28/20

So after a successful opening today at Commercial, I think we’re going to see if we can settle in to some sort of schedule for these pop-up openings. Details to follow. That said, I”l be at the Cambie shop tomorrow from 1-3ish for all your movie needs and wants and needs. As before, if you can shoot me an email – blackddogvid@gmail.com – I’ll do my best to get ready your order. And please follow our rules of conduct listed below. See you tomorrow!

March 27/20

So it looks like we’ll have a bunch of new releases very soon (come on Purolator, don’t screw this up). I’m going to do a pop-up tomorrow (Saturday the 28th) at the Commercial shop between noon and 3 pm (and possibly one on Sunday at Cambie). Send me your orders here – blackdogvid@gmail.com – and I’ll have them ready. If you want to pay ahead of time (preferred) you can e-transfer me your $$$ to the same email and I’ll bring them outside for you. Bring a bag. Specify DVD or Blu Ray. I’ll get your order together tomorrow (depends what is in stock) and email you the total. We want to be as safe and responsible as we can during the plague.

If you do come into the shop, please follow these rules of conduct as we want everyone (including myself) to be as safe as possible:

  • no more than 3-4 humans in the store at one time
  • please don’t handle the actual movie boxes, just tell me what you want
  • no browsing. If you need help finding things, just ask
  • do not lurch up to the desk and lean in and on the desk. Please respect the tape on the floor as it is not purely decorative.
  • be respectful of everyone in the store and stay a safe distance. No high-fiving, chest bumping, twerking or secret handshakes.

Check out our newsletter later today to see what is arriving (if it arrives today). You can find it on the website (under “Newsletter”).

March 26th/20

So after doing a couple of successful pop-up openings at each store, we’re going to continue with this little idea until we’re not allowed to anymore. I want all of you fine folks to have access to our sweet library of films to help you get through these weird, dark times. This Saturday at the Commercial Shop we’ll be open noon until 3pm. We may have a crop of New Releases for you as well. Check in here tomorrow and Saturday to see what’s what and gimme your list of requests – blackdogvid@gmail.com. Pleases specify DVD or Blu Ray and bring your own bags.

March 24/20

Update! Seems I’ve got quite a few folks looking to pop by tomorrow (Wednesday the 25th) and get a few things. I’ll be at the Commercial shop from noon until 2 if you need anything. I’m thinking this town will be heading for lock-down soon so I don’t know how many more chances we’ll have to get movies into your cute little hands. Shoot me a list – blackdogvid@gmail.com and come by and get some!

So it’s officially official, both locations are now closed. Hopefully there will be some economic relief for everyone soon. Seems that there are new announcements being made everyday. I’d hate not to be able to re-open when the air is cleared but I’m sure that we’ll figure something out. We’re all in this together, right?  That said, you can still rent! Send me your requests – blackdogvid@gmail.com – and I’ll do my best to accommodate you. I’ll put together your films and you can phone in with your credit card and pay and then pick them up or, if you’re reasonably close, we can deliver to your abode. You can also pay cash on pick-up. The Commercial location works best for me but I will be going over to the Cambie shop every now and then. I will be at the Cambie shop from noon until about 2 today if you need anything. Take care, stay strong, stay inside the best you can. Stupid virus.

March 23/20

So today is the last day that the Commercial branch of Black Dog Video will be open. Noon to 8pm. Come in and stock up. Deals are in play. But don’t fret, you can still rent from us! I’ll be visiting the stores a few times during the week and if you send me your orders of what you’d like, I’ll do my best to get them ready for curb-side pick up. Tomorrow (Tuesday the 24th) I’ll be at the Cambie store from noon until 2 pm or so. If you want to drop by, please do so but it would be easier for all if you shoot me what you’d like in advance – blackdogvid@gmail.com.

I’ll be more readily available at the Commercial store as I live down the block so feel free to email me and we can make arrangements.. I’ll be there this weekend with a bunch of New Releases and at Cambie next week with them! Not too sure when they’re arriving but I’ll send out another note with all that info when I get it.

March 22/20

Black Dog COMMERCIAL to CLOSE this TUESDAY!

Tomorrow will be the last day of operations at the Commercial shop. Come in today or tomorrow (good idea to know what you want), call ahead or email me at blackdogvid@gmail.com with your orders and we’ll do our best to get you in and out of the shop quicker. No browsing, please. We will be allowing no more than 8-9 folks in the store at any given time so please be patient and give each other the space needed for everyone’s safety (including ours). We have taped off the floor for you to stand a safe distance from other movie lovers so please heed this and don’t lean on or slop all over the desk.

Rentals will not have a return time so feel free to keep them longer than the usual rental period (but not too long so you don’t lose or wreck them). Return them at your leisure or we can arrange a pick-up.

We can also arrange for you to get films while were closed. Shoot me an email (address above) and I’ll do my best to fill an order for you that you can pick-up or we can arrange delivery (if it’s not too far). Unfortunately I don’t have a vehicle so we will only be offering this service at the Commercial location. That said, I’ll be popping into Cambie every now and then to take care of this and that so we can arrange something as well.

This is it people. Who knows what the future holds? I hope to be able to re-open when and if we all survive this. See you on the other side.

March 21/20

Black Dog on CAMBIE is now CLOSED!

After consulting with the staff, we have decided to CLOSE the Cambie shop, effective IMMEDIATELY. We want our amazing staff and our wonderful customers, many of whom are in the at-risk category, to be safe and healthy in these trying times. Until we get a handle on this virus currently plaguing our world the shop will remain closed. The COMMERCIAL location is still  OPEN for the time being but that may change at any time. All CAMBIE customers are welcome to rent or buy whatever they need from the COMMERCIAL shop. Also, we can arrange for a time- window to be open at CAMBIE for special orders – maybe a few hours one or two days during the week. Send me your orders at blackdogvid@gmail.com and I’ll do my best to get you what you need.

Those of you who have films out at the moment, feel free to hang on to them for a while if you wish but we will need them back eventually. We’ll be emptying the return box every few days.

Sorry for the short notice but the decision was reached last night. I hope it’s not too inconvenient for y’all but this is where we’re at.

Take care and stay healthy and wash yourselves!

March 20/20

The Black Dog Rules of Engagement and Conduct: Vancovid-19 Edition!

To make sure everyone stays healthy and safe we ask that while in or near the shops that:

  • give everyone enough room to feel comfortable and safe. No touching or licking other patrons. Respect, people.
  • please don’t spend too much time in the shops, maybe have a list ready for when you arrive and we’ll do our best to get you in and out.
  • please, no browsing. If you’re not renting or buying anything, please refrain from entering the stores. Go hang out at the park, or better yet, stay home.
  • if you need extended time on weekly rentals or pick up or delivery let us know and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.
  • be patient, be nice, and we’ll all get through this together.
  • Open noon until 8pm. Our fabulous deals in effect. Both shops.

March 19/20

Business as usual today. Same deals. Same opening and closing – noon to 8pm, both locations. Please be patient and aware of others surroundings. We’ve been taking measures to help ensure everyone’s good health – disinfecting all movie cases, wiping down the counters, debit machines, door handles, Dylan. If you’re going to self-immolate (I think that’s the correct phrase, no?) you’re welcome to call ahead and we’ll do our best to have your requests ready for pick-up.

March 18/20

Open noon until 8pm today – both locations. We’d like to encourage the use of the tap function on our money machines, or whatever they’re called, as to reduce the handling of cash (I’m sure the credit card companies are on board for this). But, of course, we will still take your money! Phone or email us with your requests and we’ll do our best to have your films waiting for you to pick up. We can also deliver to your home if you are in the at risk portion of the population and are close by the store (we’ll be on foot!). When in the shops, please respect others personal space and no licking each other (or yourselves).

March 17/20

To keep up with the ever changing situation we are adjusting the store hours (again, sorry). At Cambie we’re going to be open noon until 8pm (maybe later on the weekends or if the store is busy at 8). Commercial will remain the same – noon til 10 – for now, but that may change as well.

And sorry if there was any confusion about the deals we have going on (I forgot to inform one of my employees) but this is what we have for you everyday until this thing is over:

5 catalogue films for $10! They rent for a week (if you need some things longer, let us know)

Rent 2 New Releases and get a 3rd for FREE.

Also if you’re in a buying mood, our $5 DVDs and Blu Rays for sale can be snarfed up for a nice “buy 2 and get a 3rd for FREE” extravaganza.

These deals will be in effect everyday until we decide that they are not.

March 16/20

We are open today as we are an essential service (!). We don’t know what the future holds but if you need some movies and such for your social isolation distancing, hit us up. 2 for 1 on all rentals today! Buy 2 of our $5 films and get a 3rd for FREE.

March 14/20

Hello and thanks for tuning in for this special report brought to you by the fine folks at Black Dog Video. We just wanted to let you know that it is business as usual at both locations, so no need to freak out yet. Regular hours will continue for the foreseeable future. But here’s a few things we’d like you to know:

We’ve put together some sweet quarantine deals!

5 catalogue films for $10!

Rent 2 New Releases and get a 3rd for FREE.

Also if you’re in a buying mood, our $5 DVDs and Blu Rays for sale can be snarfed up for a nice “buy 2 and get a 3rd for FREE” extravaganza.

These deals will be in effect everyday until we decide that they are not.

Also, according to The WHO (not the famous rock band), no more than 50 people will be allowed in the store at any given time.

Hello friends and welcome to Black Dog Video. We are one of the last remaining video stores in the city of Vancouver and maybe even Canada and definitely the universe. We’ve managed to stay around due to our fantastic collection of DVDs and Blu Rays and our most excellent customer service. We specialize in cult, foreign, documentaries, horror, classics, directors, comedy, queer, animation and, of course, all the new stuff. Pop into either location, chat with our amazing staff and walk out with something wonderful. Hope to see you soon.

Our hours are as follows…

Cambie St – Monday to Thursday – 2:00 till 10:00pm

Friday, Saturday and Sunday – noon till 10pm.

Commercial Drive – Everyday – noon till 10pm.

Special Events!

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For the ninth straight year, we are extremely happy to be part of International Independent Video Store Day! Not only is this a worldwide celebration of surviving video stores in an ever-changing market but it is also a day to give thanks to the customers who routinely show this crazy industry that physical media is still alive and well and needed. So, from the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU. We hope to see you on Saturday! (and don’t forget to support your favorite local wherever you may live!) LONG LIVE THE VIDEO STORE! (thanks to the awesome Bay Street Video)

Drop into either Black Dog Video tomorrow and enter our draw to win a bunch of cool things, enjoy rental deals (rent 2 and get a 3rd FREE) sale deals (all $5 sale items are 2 for 1, 25% off box sets and anything over $20!)or just to say hi!

Deals! Deals! Deals!

To make your movie renting experience even more enjoyable and profound we have a series of weekday deals!

~ Mondays is rent 2 for 1 day. Anything in the store. Anything.

~Wednesdays come in snatch up 5 older films (we have thousands of amazing titles!) for only $10!

~ Sundays, Tuesday and Thursdays if you rent 2 you can nab a 3rd title (of equal or lesser value) for FREE!

In addition to these stellar deals may we offer you one of our prepaid movie cards? $44.00 (plus tax) will net you 10 rentals! (Up to 2 free rentals!) Sweet.

Our regular rental prices are nothing to sneeze at either ~ $5.99 for a new release – good for 2 days and $4.99 for an old catalogue title – good for a week. New TV goes for $4.99 a disk and old title TV disks will set you back $3.99. If you rent an entire season of a TV show – $10. You read that right, $10!

Pretty, pretty, pretty good of you ask me.

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Those are good things! ~ Giant floating head.