Despite the grief that many people have shared about the absence that Jet may leave in its wake as well as anxiety about some of the broader social trends that our closing may reflect, we do hope that everyone still comes out to enjoy the store at least a few more times while we're open because we do want to touch base and thank everyone in person for your patronage over the years. It's been so gratifying to connect with those who've come in so far, particularly those who've been coming in more often than usual. We thank you sincerely; you may miss us, but we'll miss you as well!
For us too, the past few months have had their ups and downs. For Jet's fans -- definitely to include us -- the store has been an important part of our lives, and its many quirks -- the daily video specials, the peculiarities of the post office, the din of the soft serve machine, and the many other, oddball community and personal needs that's it's filled over the years -- will long be remembered.
What perhaps has been most striking, though, and what definitely deserves a distinct mention of its own, is the fantastic community that has surrounded Jet for such a long time -- of five-for-five-renting movie lovers, of ice cream-eating little league teams, of seniors coming in for commemorative stamps to put on cards they're mailing to their grandkids, and of everyone else who's contributed to and been a part of it -- which was such a key factor in why we, Jet's worker-owners, were willing to take on the risk and challenge of keeping the store going in 2013, when we bought it and founded Jet Video Cooperative. We knew then that what Jet's -- and its previous incarnations' -- owners, staff, and customers had built here over the years and decades was a unique and vibrant institution that, once gone, would not soon be equalled. Running Jet has been a huge and, at times, overwhelming responsibility on an often-bumpy road, but it's also something that we truly did love, so we can't say this enough: thank you dearly to our many supporters for helping to have made our time here so meaningful.
That last shout-out goes particularly to our younger customers, who may not even be aware of the life you've brought to Jet Video over the years and which you bring to Deering Center generally. We think that that the world always could use more fun and interesting stuff for kids to do, so we've been particularly happy to have been able to work on something that kids could go out and enjoy in your neighborhood and after school, and we hope that this is something that the neighborhood will keep in mind after Jet has gone its way. So many people have asked what is coming to the space at 199 Pleasant Ave after Jet has moved out, and we honestly have no idea, but we hope that it's for all ages, with an open, inclusive, and creative culture -- fingers crossed.
All in all, because of your involvement -- you, the enthusiastic fans and supporters of Jet Video -- the store for the most part has been like one big, ongoing party, we've deeply enjoyed facilitating it, and we hope you've enjoyed it as well.
Stay tuned here for more posts in the coming days, and don't forget to stop by the store ASAP! We thank you.
(P.S. - Special thanks to those of you who have given us cards and other special messages since we announced our closing; we really appreciate them!)