Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Let's Hear It for Locally Owned Bookstores!!
I absolutely don't understand why people are buying those horble e-reader things. Borders is gone, Barnes & Noble is going. Are the people who own stock in these places so hungry for profit that they'll kill bookstores to make it?? Or are people so old and feeble they can't carry a big book? (Fine...read a small one on the bus or metro.) Dear, locally owned Kramerbooks & After Words is still here and still on its feet (I hope). I'm going to patronize their cafe more often. When I worked at the Mt. Vernon General, it did not have a liquor license. The owner said he didn't want one because he couldn't stand drunks. But he also said that a restaurant makes its money selling liquor, not food. (This was shortly before they went out of business.) Maybe Kramerbooks is thriving because of its cafe (which has a liquor license)? People go there to buy books, eat, and drink, in that order. I'm going to start buying books there every week. And I'm going to eat there once a week, too--the food is GREAT! And have a shot of Auld Frothingslosh. Sounds like a recipe for happiness to me! I will never get too old to carry my own book and read it. That's what backpacks are for.