Thursday, March 5, 2009

Saying farewell to a neighborhood bookstore, or The importance of engaging with your community.

Over at Used Buyer 2.0 (a new book blog that you all should be reading regularly!), my friend and former Stacey's colleague (and boss!) Brad Craft has posted a lovely farewell letter from current Stacey's events and marketing manager Ingrid Nystrom, whose words drive home the importance of shopping locally when you can and engaging with your community:
"I’d like to again say thanks for all of your support over the years. When I first started working for Stacey’s, I was excited at the opportunities open to me but a bit disappointed that I wasn’t in a neighborhood bookstore. What I have realized in my eleven years here is that I am in a neighborhood bookstore. It may be a slightly strange neighborhood that arrives at 8 in the morning and goes home by 8 in the evening, but it has its regular rhythms, its regular characters, and a sense of community for anyone wishing to extend themselves. After talking with so many customers disappointed by Stacey’s closure, I’ve been reminded that Stacey’s has served as a decompression zone between work and home, a welcoming island of culture, a Christmas treat, a literary community, an escape from corporate-land, an interesting talk with lunch, and, of course, a bookstore. Whatever Stacey’s did or didn’t mean to you, I would like to remind you to look around you at your physical community and think about what matters. And if it matters, remember to step outside of your virtual world, unplug your iPods, look up from your Blackberrys and shop it, talk it, engage it."
Likewise, Brad (who is still a bookseller, by the way!) has also written up his own lovely farewell tribute.

3 comments:

Ugly Deaf Indian Muslim Punk Gurl! said...

bummer. I often wonder how the hell do so many local busineses survive in this age of Wal-Mart and Borders...

Jill of All Trades said...

That is really sad. I hate it when any small business closes but especially bookstores. I have always wanted to own one. I love owning books and looking for new ones to read.

AC said...

Sad. Reminds me of the great bookstore in my hometown that had been open nearly 50 years closed a few months ago. It was the center of a lot of cutural projects and programs as well--indie bookstores are sorely missed!