The lights may be dimming for The Movie Store but owners are going to let other businesses shine

While one side of the business will soon see end credits, the other side of the store remains open. And with the summer months just around the corner, the local business is ready to put those new plans in action.

The Movie Store will close on March 31, and owners Eddie and Casey Schwartzkopf will put more effort into the Sun Seekers Tanning salon, moves that include more upgrades and more opportunities to enjoy the other aspects of business.

The Movie Store is now liquidating its inventory, with thousands of titles ranging from $1 to $10 in price. Eddie Schwartzkopf said there are plenty of good options available. 

A casualty of the pandemic and the switch to online stream services, the business owners said they believe the time was right to move on.

“We are going to put all of our effort into the tanning salon and sno cones and hopefully expand the sno cone business,” Eddie Schwartzkopf said. “Everyone remembers the sno cones but not everyone knows that we have them here.”

One new purchase is a remote sno-cone machine, which will be available for rental.

Sun Seekers is the only licensed tanning salon in Washington County, and many of its clientele base comes from all over Southern Illinois to get that sun-kissed glow. While tanning has gotten a bad rap over the last decade and has since been regulated, 

“They think that you are being burnt to a crisp,” Casey Schwartzkopf said. “And that’s not true. It’s actually really healthy for your skin.”

Anyone interested in getting their hands on some of their favorite films can search the bins at the Movie Store before the final curtains at the end of the month.

“If you were ever thinking of owning a movie, now’s the time to come check it out,” Eddie Schwartzkopf said. “We’ve got plenty of classics left.”

Feature photo: The Schwartzkopf family — Casey and Eddie with Laura, Maddie and Mason posed together in Sunseekers Tanning Salon.

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