Stardust shines a different light


There's nothing typical about Stardust Video and Coffeehouse. Step inside the dusky, minimal interior and you'll be greeted by the aroma of coffee beans, the hypnotic beat of mood music and a pastry case of tempting goodies.

Some of the brews are named after independent films, like "Henry's Fool" ($5), which is seven shots of espresso. And there's loose-leaf Blue Willow teas served in press pots ($1.40) and Batdorf and Bronson organic coffees. After getting a cup of whatever, pick up a New Yorker and find a chair. Or head back to the video shop, where 7,000 art-house films are uniquely displayed on tortured-finish antique doors, in a series of chambers. The Ingmar Bergman section alone has more titles than the average video store's entire foreign film section.


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