BOUNTIFUL, Utah — At a time when chains like Blockbuster are closing down, and you can pick a Red Box movie while you pump gas, people in Bountiful are passing on the new releases for an old movie rental shop called Top Hat Video.
“When we were dating, we came here,” said Derek Miner, who now visits the store with his wife.
The business was opened in 1983 by Lee and Lona Earl, who have helped it remain timeless, even while similar stores are shutting down.
“We had 190 videos, and they were all VHS or BETA,” Lee Earl said.
When the couple opened their store, few people were even watching videos.
“We would go door to door and just hand somebody a VCR and say, ‘Just try it. You’ll love it,’” Lona Earl said.
In the years since, they’ve survived DVDs and national chains. While many started looking online for their movies, they kept stocking their shelves with the ones you might not see there.