Tag: brick-and-mortar

A Moving Experience: Abracadabra Bookshop

Before getting into the book business, I taught Colorado & Western American History at a local college. I couldn’t help noticing that every time there was a budget crunch, they laid off faculty members (never administrators!). This did not give…

From Clicks to Bricks: A Book Store . . . in HALE, Michigan

“Have you lost your mind?” they keep asking. “A BOOK store, in HALE, Michigan . . .” one naysayer remarks after overhearing my news. She doesn’t ask me if I’ve lost my mind, but I can tell that the thought…

The Team Behind Books Tell You Why

Back in old Europe, many years ago, Andrea and Joachim Koch started collecting books, well before this fascinating hobby took on a much more significant role in our lives. The house was always filled with books, for everyday reading as…

The History of Abracadabra Bookshop

I went into the book business after having taught at a local college for a number of years and having seen that the future looked bleak. Faculty were being cut and I knew there was no possibility of another job…

Hard copy publications still have a niche

It really is an exciting time to be a bookseller. Some may say the golden years are gone, sentimental feelings now setting in for the slow-paced past of primarily brick and mortar (B&M) businesses. But like other points in history,…

Patriot Act

As I sit here at my desk this third week of April the War in Iraq, or at least the first phase of it, is just about over. Whether Saddam is dead or alive, “regime change” of some sort is…

Closing one store, opening another

Where to start? THE OLD STORE: Our store was located in the Apollo Plaza, Monticello, Sullivan County’s only indoor Mall. It had Sears, Bass Outlet, Fieldcrest-Cannon, Dress Barn, and a number of nationally known stores when we moved in, but…

Constant Change – Columbia Books

January 24, 2003 marked the end of an era in Columbia, MO with the closing of Nowell’s. The Nowell brothers came home from the Civil War, wanting something different than farming, so in 1876 they opened Nowell’s Grocery Store, just…