Flash, and then gone: Gayndah video store to close
ASHLEY Kreis can't decide what his favourite movie is.
It's not that he doesn't have one, it's just that this cinephile has too many to possibly choose: Tarantino, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings are mentioned as but a few.
Fitting, then, he owns a video store - the last one in the North Burnett, as far as he can tell.
But not for much longer.
Gayndah's Flashpoint Video has announced it is winding down its operations.
The store was Mr Kreis' first ever job.
He started working there when he was 16.
He would man the counter after school, back when Burnett State College was Gayndah State High School.
The self-confessed "movie buff” is now 36.
"Movies have traditionally been more of a family event, you visit the cinemas together or go to the video store and choose your snacks,” Mr Kreis said.
"Now it's like, what's next on Netflix?”
He said, for a while now, the business has paid for itself and nothing more, leaving his wife to be breadwinner for themselves and their three dogs.
Although you would find few complaining about the council's decision to install Wi-Fi hotspots in North Burnett towns, Mr Kreis said a corollary of that was backpackers and tourists stopped coming in to Flashpoint to use the computers.
Where once there were nine, only two remain.
At one point, Tony Lefeber, the tattoo artist who works from a back room in Flashpoint, walks in.
Is he a customer of the store?
"Hell no,” he said.
Mr Kreis says it is bitter-sweet having to sell up.
"To see the change to a less personal format is saddening,” he said.
But since purchasing the business in January 2012, he has been working 10-hour days, seven days a week, only recently deciding to close on Mondays for health reasons.
Mr Kreis is looking forward to a bit of time to kick the feet up and have a bit of a holiday before going to work casually at a packing shed for the season.
But first he needs to clear his stock.
He says once he finds a solicitor to finalise his affairs, he will begin a four-week sale, where each week his stock is further reduced.
Might some of the DVDs end up on his shelf at home?
Probably not, Mr Kreis says.
The movie buff owns most of them already anyway.