Friday, July 11, 2014
#166: Left Bank Books
Don't get the wrong idea: I support independently-owned businesses and I really dig bookstores. Put the two together and you'll get something that is on life support. Let's look from one perspective: mom-and-pop bookstores have been doomed for the last two decades, at least, thanks to both big-box stores (Barnes & Noble, Borders) and the World Wide Web (Amazon). Borders, at one time the king of them, went bankrupt two years ago. Now, its the big-box stores that are suffering. Technology plays a big part of it, too, thanks to e-books. Also, more people are turning back to their local public and school libraries.
Left Bank Books has two locations: the one on Central West End (where the cake is at) and in the downtown area. They specialize in several books, some hard-to-find, as well as a large selection of publications. Authors, national and local, often make appearances and lecture, then sign autographs or pose for photos. LBB also partners with several area nonprofits to encourage children to read.
399 N. Euclid Ave., ST. LOUIS, MO, 63108
Cake artist: Peat Wollaeger
UPDATE (8/24/2016): The cake is still there.