You might feel too young to be starting your ‘90s stories with “back in my day…” but for many, the 1990s feel like a lifetime ago. This is especially true if you were a regular Blockbuster customer, spending an hour examining the VHS boxes with your parents before deciding which one you’d bring home, or trying to sneak into the X-rated section while your mom was deciding between renting Almost Famous and Mona Lisa Smile for the third time that month. Now, for a brief time, you can actually relive those sacred moments inside the video store with this pop-up Blockbuster experience coming to Soho.
Dumbgood, an apparel brand, has partnered with Blockbuster to offer a pop-up shop selling Blockbuster-themed merchandise, including vibrant yellow-and-blue backpacks, sweatpants, hoodies, T-shirts, VHS iPhone cases, coffee mugs, tote bags, 14-karat gold necklaces, and more nostalgia-laden items.
Located at 13 Crosby Street, the store will closely resemble the interior of the Blockbuster you knew and loved, and will be open from December 6 to 15.
If you can’t make it to New York City for the event, note that there is one Blockbuster left standing in the US and it’s located in a strip mall in Bend, Oregon. It’s open daily from 10:30 AM to 9:00 PM, and until 10:00 PM on Fridays and Saturdays, for all your VHS and DVDs needs.