Beeeeloved local bookshop Left Bank Books is going to be opening a second shop DOWNTOWN this fall, with heavy support from developer-who-actually-gets-it Craig Heller.
A BOOKSTORE DOWNTOWN AGAIN, YOU GUYS! OH MY GOD! I hate it when people proclaim this over silly things, but damn it, this makes me feel like the city is back. This news makes me feel all sappy and dopey.
I know there is technically a bookstore on the northern edge of Downtown, but I’m sorry, a porn shop that’s got a couple of copies of Huck Finn on a rack in the front to make it look legit does not qualify as a downtown bookstore for a fairly big city. It just doesn’t. So yay—an actual bookstore that specializes in selling books (and good ones, for that matter). When I worked Downtown, I can’t tell you how often tourists would ask if we had a bookstore in the area, and there was no way in hell I was sending ‘em to that sketchy place. But Left Bank, that’s a place you can be happy to show to someone as being representative of our town.
I remember feeling sad when I was in Detroit earlier this year, when I discovered that they’ve got a downtown bookstore and we don’t. (Yes, Detroit is bigger and more populous, but St. Louis is much healthier overall.) But we are soon to have a place to get books in the central business district. That’s beautiful. And unlike Detroit, ours will be independent and local all the way, not an outpost of a national chain.
This is so great! Leftbankly goodness within a 30 minute walk of my apartment! This is going to be horrible for my pocketbook, but fabulous for my well-being.