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Friday, January 09, 2009


Even 'Buddy Christ' Feels Economic Pinch

Director Kevin Smith is closing Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash for good.

A little more than a year after relocating the signature novelty and comic-book shop from UCLA-adjacent Westwood Village to a space a couple miles away, inside a DVD store on W. Pico Boulevard, it appears the venture has proved unsustainable.

An e-mail sent to store patrons this evening says the final day of business for the Los Angeles store will be this Sunday, January 11.

Here's the complete text of the note:
Sad news from The Stash. It's just been confirmed that the Secret Stash West will be closing its doors forever on January 11th. We just couldn't survive during these tough economic times. We gave it our best shot and we're sorry to see another great comic book shop leave L.A. It has been a pleasure taking care of all of Kevin's fans. If you haven't been in yet, it's your last chance to see The Stash and say your good byes. All Stash merchandise will be discounted 20% until the final day. Some good news for Laser Blazer customers, The Stash will be converted into a Blu-ray room by March 1st. Come check out the coolest and biggest selection of Blu-rays in L.A. See you soon, Ron Laser Blazer and The Stash

We'll miss you, Buddy.

— TJ Sullivan in LA

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Blogger Will said...

Bummer, as much as I like Kevin Smith and his earlier work. My impression of the store was that it was never really busy and the comic book people that I know didn't get their illustrative fixes from the Secret Stash (myself included).

Times are tough, but the fact that the location has an immediate occupant to replace The Stash, is more of an indicator that the area didn't have a large enough customer base to support Smith's venture. Now if the Blu-ray room closes within a few months, then it clearly will be a sign of the times.

Saturday, January 10, 2009 12:04:00 AM PST  

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