'Bookstores Have Never Been Just a Store'

"I have been encouraged to see young people reach for a book to read or a journal to write in and a genuine enthusiasm when they discover our real bookstore tucked away in South Park for the first time.... Bookstores have never been just a store. They are, like their cousin the cafe, a place of ideas. You go to a cafe to share ideas with a friend. The bookstore experience is more solitary. It is the place of communion of one's own."

--Anne Mery, owner of the West Grove Collective bookstore, San Diego, Calif. in the Union-Tribune
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