Stacey's Bookstore, the oldest continually-operating bookstore in San Francisco, will be closing its doors in March after 85 years of serving San Francisco book buyers.
To say that I was stunned by this news would be the understatement of the year. Stacey's Bookstore was a part of my maturation as a bookseller and book industry professional. I worked there for years, first at the Stacey's computer book annex on the Embarcadero as a bookseller, and later - when that location closed - around the corner at the flagship store on Market Street, moving into various roles as bookseller, floor manager, inventory geek and eventually the marketing and events manager. Founded in 1923, it was (and still is, for now!) an amazing bookstore, focused primarily on business and computer books, 27,000 square feet of glorious book-nerdom, lovingly maintained by a staff of some of the most knowledgable and passionate booksellers one could ever hope to meet or have the pleasure to work with.
My friend and former manager at the Stacey's annex, Brad Craft (who is now the used book buyer at U. Books in Seattle) just posted a lovely tribute to Stacey's on his blog; the San Francisco Chronicle has more on the closing here. And here's a slice of history: a profile of Stacey's on its 75th anniversary from a 1998 feature by former San Francisco Chronicle Book Review Editor Pat Holt, in her column Holt Uncensored. (Scroll down to #4.)
I'll have more to say on this later. Right now I'm still in shock; frankly, all I want to do is find a quiet corner and have a good cry.
Edit to add: Ed Champion has a nice post about Stacey's closing, and SFist has a great comments thread going on.