BEND, OR -- capitalizing on its new-found fame, Bend's Blockbuster has a whole line of merchandise available in-store or online. Manager Ryan Harding says there are several ways to get your swag on, "We started off with just the classic t-shirts; they're the classic blue color." He tells KBND News, "And then, we have Blockbuster hats, and we have - on the way - magnets; and then yeah, the beer."
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That's right. There's even a new beverage, "This one is pretty special because we're the last in America, so it's a complete 'collab' with 10 Barrel and Blockbuster. I saw the prototype not too long ago, it had a few different things like, 'Drink Beer Outside,' towards Bend, Oregon." 10 Barrel Brewing said in an Instagram post announcing the brew, "We promise each sip will deliver you back to a time when cracking open that blue and white VHS case was the sound of an epic Saturday evening." The beer will be released September 21, at a "block party" at Blockbuster.
Apparel and other items can be found at the brick and mortar location at Third and Revere, or through the store's Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. But, Harding says, it may be difficult to get what you're looking for, since items are flying off shelves, "We can have them sent to you, it's just a little bit of a process to have them make sure we have the shirt in and whatnot. It's mostly just keeping up with the product. We've been selling out of shirts constantly. Like, currently, we're all sold out of shirts right now."
Harding says being employed at the movie rental store has turned what could've been a pretty normal job into a neat opportunity.