Hello fans and supporters of Video Wave of Noe Valley!
The contributions we received in 2018 has been a HUGE help this year. Sadly, we are still in need for the upcoming 2019.
We are a small locally owned Mom and Pop video store in the heart of Noe Valley, San Francisco, CA, in business in the neighborhood since 1983! We provide access to over 100 years of movies on DVD, BLU-RAY (regular, 3D and 4KUHD), and VHS for rent or sale, as well as renting Playstation games. We sell movie treats such as popcorn, sodas, candy, gelato and ice cream, and we sell Funko Mystery Mini collectible vinyl figures. Additionally, we now have a curated Graphic Novel collection for loan, an excellent addition and one that is growing weekly.
In 2015 our business re-located to a better storefront on 24th street, due to a more than double rent increase at our old location. We shared the new space with another business, which made it an affordable opportunity. That business, however, closed up shop in October 2016, which is when we initially started this GoFundMe campaign. The initial GoFundMe campaign was a success, and we are doing well and growing the business in a great space!
However, the monthly rent takes up more than half of our monthly income, more in slower months. Things are very tight for us, and this is a make or break year for us.
The 2018 crowdfunding has recently helped to pay for vandalized windows, a new security system, computer upgrades and diagnostics and helped the store through the always slow summer and fall months. However, more is needed to help the store continue its improvements, expand into online sales and social media services, and, unfortunately to continue to pay rent that is too high for a Mom and Pop neighborhood institution.
We are more than half way into the two year extension to the initial one year lease, and we need to implement our expansion into online sales and social media marketing in order to generate enough revenue to think about remaining open for business. We hope to continue to expand the reach of our services, and to remain open for many years to come as well! If all goes well, we hope to once again provide employment opportunities at our shop to the community!
With your help, we believe that we will be fine! Our community and neighbors have supported us for over 30 years, and it is our intention to remain here and continue to provide our well curated selection, expertise and customer service to the entire Bay Area for years to come! We love this business, and this community, and would love nothing more than getting to stay here and have the opportunity match you with whatever you want (or need) to watch!
We know we are asking a lot, as we have asked for (and thankfully received) help before. We couldn't have moved here in 2015 without the help of so many helpful customers, neighbors and members of the community! And we wouldn't be here now without the assistance of the initial GoFundMe campaign in September 2016. We would be very thankful to be able to continue to provide our services for years to come!