I’m really excited to be attending the grand opening of a new bookstore today here in St. Louis, All On The Same Page Bookstore, which opens today at 10am at 11052 Olive Blvd.
I’ve been following their blog online ever since a Facebook friend pointed it out to me. And to think that just down the street a few weeks ago a big retail giant Borders store closed its doors, and not a month later out of that ruble comes a brand new indie store.
I hear it every day at my job…Book sales are down! Book sales are down! And while I think that yeah, sales in the physical bookstores are down, people have to be still reading. They are just buying online because of deep discounts and not having to deal with a lack of customer service. I’m guilty of that myself and have experienced it first hand when I visited retail chain stores for The STL Bookstore Review. But it’s also the reason I want to be here today when this store opens its doors for the first time. I want to feel the excitement and support this new venue.
Obviously, with Borders closing down the street the owners felt this community still needed a bookstore. I couldn’t agree more. This store plans to have a mix of new and used stock, and also wants to support local authors. There’s going to be an author there today signing books!
My point is books aren’t dead and readers and book lovers are still here. If we weren’t, there wouldn’t be someone opening a new store and trying to keep that love alive. I wish them all the best. And check out my review of the store tomorrow on STL Bookstore Review.
UPDATE: THE STL BOOKSTORE REVIEW BLOG HAS BEEN SHUT DOWN AS OF 2013. ALL ON THE SAME PAGE BOOKSTORE IS STILL GOING STRONG THOUGH!