In February, Missoula almost lost its most beloved video store, Crystal Video. The venerable Hip Strip staple seemed destined to be just another victim in the wake of pay per view and Netflix, and owner Tim Huffman announced its imminent closing. But Missoula, thank heavens, tends to rally against such heartless trends and protect its past. And Huffman found a financial backer at the 11th hour, announcing the deal just minutes before allowing a growing crowd to buy out his inventory. The fact that Huffman's announcement resulted in a resounding cheer speaks to just how much we love our local rental store. Thus, the Crystal wins again this year and, we hope, for many more years to come.
Crystal Video: 614 S. Higgins; 543-3456; crystalvideo.blogspot.com
2. Hastings: 2501 Brooks; 542-1077; gohastings.com
3. Crazy Mike's: 1003 E. Broadway; 2230 N. Reserve; 721-8935