Oldest LGBT bookstore in the US closing in May

  • metta

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    Apr 29, 2014 2:19 AM GMT
    Oldest LGBT bookstore in the US closing in May

    The potential buyer for bookstore Giovanni’s Room could not come up with enough cash to close the deal

    - See more at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/oldest-lgbt-bookstore-us-closing-may290414
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    Apr 29, 2014 3:29 AM GMT
    I just read that on gsn before you started this thread Metta. I'm sad to hear the news. I used to go there a lot in the 1990's when I was in grad school in Philadelphia and only recently out. It was a mainstay of the "gayborhood"....
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    Apr 29, 2014 4:23 AM GMT
    metta8 saidOldest LGBT bookstore in the US closing in May

    The potential buyer for bookstore Giovanni’s Room could not come up with enough cash to close the deal

    - See more at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/oldest-lgbt-bookstore-us-closing-may290414


    http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/oldest-lgbt-bookstore-us-closing-may290414

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    Apr 29, 2014 4:35 AM GMT
    Bookstores, gay or general, are disappearing. Our local gay bookstore is thriving. It's made a transition from a bookstore to a gay coffee shop that sells some books and gifts and on the weekends has drag queen bingo that is sold out every night. To survive, you need to change and adapt.
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    Apr 29, 2014 5:10 AM GMT
    polfsky said
    metta8 saidOldest LGBT bookstore in the US closing in May

    The potential buyer for bookstore Giovanni’s Room could not come up with enough cash to close the deal

    - See more at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/oldest-lgbt-bookstore-us-closing-may290414


    http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/oldest-lgbt-bookstore-us-closing-may290414

    Fixed the link for ya. icon_smile.gif


    Thanks. icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 29, 2014 10:46 AM GMT
    Oh, what a relief that it's not 'A Different Light'. Nevertheless, it is sad to see any bookstore go out of business.
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    Apr 29, 2014 1:50 PM GMT
    What a shame. Although the times do change, it's still sad to see a bookstore, especially a gay bookstore, close.

    Columbus had a gay bookstore for years called An Open Book but it closed in 2008 after having been "forced" out of the inner Short North neighborhood by rising rents. It ended up relocating to the corner opposite American Apparel before closing.
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    Apr 29, 2014 3:28 PM GMT
    This is why I only buy things online I can't get anywhere else. Once all the retails shops are gone, we're going to be very sorry.
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    Apr 29, 2014 4:38 PM GMT
    When Lambda Rising in DC announced it was closing a few years ago, they wouldn't let someone else buy them out and continue it. They wanted it to end with them. And the business was doing well.
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    Apr 29, 2014 7:44 PM GMT
    Yeah, I read this yesterday. Very sad news. When I lived in Philly, I would go to that store every weekend! It was a safe-haven for me. When I go into the city, I always stop there and purchase something. I'm going to miss that store. ... A lot of indies are fading away. icon_sad.gif
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    Apr 29, 2014 7:49 PM GMT
    I think this may also just be a result of online stores and e-books taking over. So it's not really targeting gay bookstores specifically. I count the days before Barnes and Noble bites it. I rarely ever sell Nook versions of my books.
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    Apr 29, 2014 11:43 PM GMT
    I remember going there when I first moved in Phila fresh out of college in June 1980. Giovanni's Room was literally 3 blocks down the street. When I moved into that neighborhood, I really had no idea it was a Gayborhood. I loved that store, I felt "home." Sad to see so much of history going away.
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    Apr 30, 2014 12:46 AM GMT
    wrestlervic saidI think this may also just be a result of online stores and e-books taking over. So it's not really targeting gay bookstores specifically. I count the days before Barnes and Noble bites it. I rarely ever sell Nook versions of my books.

    Our local Barnes & Noble closed this month. The owners of the building had been giving it deal by charging only half the rent originally agreed to, allowing it to survive. It's lease ended this year and the owners had a software development company looking to move to a larger space. The owners of the building said they were leery of signing another lease with Barnes & Noble because they were worried the company wouldn't survive the span of another 5 or 7 year lease and then they would be stuck with an empty building.
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    Apr 30, 2014 2:37 AM GMT
    One of the Barnes & Nobles here closed and is being reopened as a Nordstrom Rack. It really is true that businesses have to adapt or die. People, too. I have quite a few co-workers that have not made the effort to become computer savvy and have had a hard time prospering.
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    Apr 30, 2014 3:11 AM GMT
    The internet has certainly been a blow to gay bookstores and mainstream bookstores as well, but the demise of gay bookstores began before the internet. When times changed, places like Walden, Barnes & Noble, and Borders began carrying gay media. There was a time when a gay bookstore was the only place you'd find it. Also, gay bookstores were usually found in low rent neighborhoods where gays were moving and when gays move into a neighborhood, rents do not stay low for long.
  • drakutis

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    Apr 30, 2014 6:18 AM GMT
    So sad! I used to love to go in there when I would walk through the neighborhood. It will be missed.
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    May 03, 2014 9:45 AM GMT
    I can't even think of current gay bookstores in my area. Can you name any in your city?
  • metta

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    May 03, 2014 3:36 PM GMT
    wrestlervic saidI can't even think of current gay bookstores in my area. Can you name any in your city?


    The only one that I knew of was in West Hollywood, A Different Light. I just did a search online and found that it closed in 2009. Shows you how often I go to WeHo....

    I was also saddened when The Bodhi Tree closed down as well. It was not a LGBT bookstore but I used to <3 to go in there.