Reader Ryan Boe sent us this sad note and photo. Island Video at Madison and Lake Washington Blvd. has closed, and Kent Smith, the shop’s owner, has posted this sign in the door. The sign claims that after 30 years of business, the Madison Valley shop was the oldest continually-operating video store in the city.
The sign says declining business has made it impossible for the store to continue operating in the Madison Valley/Park area.
Best wishes. We’ve been patrons for nearly 20 years. Sad to see you go.
I went there when I was a kid, and this past summer my kids walked there with their grandma from Madrona. Not surprising, but sad.
For your long term commitment to the neighborhood.
It won’t be the same to pass your spot and not see the “Island Video” icon.
see it go, was a madison park icon. Thank you guys for all the great service