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

Bookstore Make-Over, Chapter 2

The store make-over project continues at Left Bank Books with new paint colors and an updated planogram for the bookstore. Store design principles help us group merchandise categories, place fixtures on the sales floor, and define a traffic path so customers travel throughout the entire space. The Bookstore Training Group of Paz & Associates selected Left Bank Books for its 20th Anniversary Bookstore Make-Over Project this July. The project is scheduled to be completed by October 15, 2012. Continue reading

Make-over Opportunities at Left Bank Books

Even though we’ve worked on several “bookstore makeover” projects by simply looking at photos and talking with staff, it’s amazing just how much more can be gleaned from an on-site visit. So one day last week, we visited Left Bank … Continue reading

Bookstore Make-Over Winner Announced

Left Bank Books in St. Louis, Missouri is the recipient of the Bookstore Make-Over Project sponsored by The Bookstore Training Group of Paz & Associates to celebrate their twentieth anniversary serving independent bookstores. Seventeen bookstores from across the U.S. entered … Continue reading