Celebrating the Best in Bookselling

For the last twenty-two years, there are two days in the year that are my absolute favorite: the day all of the nominations for Publishers Weekly’s Bookstore and Rep of the Awards are in and the day I get to … Continue reading

Where Have All the Bookstores Gone?

It’s not that everyone has chosen to read e-books. In fact, when communities poll people for what they want, bookstores rank #1 or #2 for the most desirable businesses. Today’s issue of The New York Times tells the story of … Continue reading

B&N Opens Door of Opportunity

In the latest book industry news, Barnes & Noble has announced that it will be close more than 200 stores over the next decade. While some in the mass media are sure to see this as further evidence of their … Continue reading

Indie Bookstores Outpace General Retail

Throughout the holiday season, we’d been carefully watching the National Retail Federation’s daily reports on the outlook for retailers. There was lots of talk about how social media would be aggressively used, along with steep discounting to attract customers into … Continue reading

Bookstore Is Transformed with Make-Over

The idea for the Bookstore Make-Over Contest as a way to celebrate our 20th year in business stemmed from one core belief: the future of retail bookselling is about creating a remarkable in-store experience, something authentic and palpable that you … Continue reading

Left Bank Construction Surprise

The bookstore make-over project at Left Bank Books in St. Louis, Missouri continues with the demolition of a half wall lining the staircase to the lower level. The construction project brought surprises … and an affirmation that our design choices would return the store to its authentic beginnings. Continue reading