Rain City is my favorite local video store. They have two locations in Ballard, so I can’t even imagine going anywhere else. The main difference between an independent video store and the chains is that places like Rain City have the weird, hard to find stuff, and the staff seems to have intimate knowledge of their entire stock. Screw Netflicks! When I want to interact with a human being, or just rent something obscure that hasn’t been released on DVD yet, I come here. They have a two-for-one special twice a week (Wed and Thurs I believe), so it really isn’t that much more expensive for the savvy renter.