She runs one of only two mom-and-pop, locally-owned, video stores in Mississippi and she has her business in Houston.
Pam Curry owns and operates J’s Video across Kyle Drive from Walmart and has since 2007.
“The distributor that I get most of my videos from said there is one left on the Gulf Coast,” said Curry. “The big chains are closing down but we’re still here.”
And J’s Video has been in Houston for more than 25 years. The business got its start when Gary McQuary started renting videos out of J.C. Doss’s furniture store on the north side of the Square in downtown Houston.
“I started working for him in 1998 and bought the business in 2007,” said Curry. “A lot of things have changed, but we still offer top quality videos and new releases straight from the distributors.”
Curry said her customers can still find $1, $2, and $3 videos on the shelf like they have for years.
“If you see a movie you think you might like to see, I urge you to give us a call,” said Curry. “We can tell you when it’s coming out and you can reserve it. If we’ve got it you can rent it right away and if we don’t have it we can usually order it for you and have it in a couple of days.”
Curry offers the traditional selection of videos: Drama, Crime, Scary, Westerns, Comedy, Childrens, Romance and Action.
“I’ve got people who have been coming in here for years and they are more than just customers, they are my friends,” said Curry. “I know their tastes and tell them when something will soon be released or tell them about a similar video they can order.”
Membership is required to rent any video from J’s, but it’s free and only requires a valid driver’s license a current phone number and address.
“We are open seven days a week and close only for Easter and Christmas Day,” said Curry. “I urge people to check out the cost of going to a movie or driving to rent from the big box store. Our prices are competitive, we’ve got a much larger selection and you don’t have to give out your credit information just to rent a video.”
Curry said customer service is the key to her business and her employees, Michelle Griffin and Faye Doss, always offer courteous service with a smile.
“I’m always surprised at the people who have never been in this business,” said Curry. “We urge people to stop in and look around. I just about guarantee they will be impressed with what we have offer.”
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