August 20, 2012

Bookstore Makeover!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jarek Steele @ 4:25 pm

In a twist of fate that somewhat resembles reality TV, our beloved bookstore has won a bookstore makeover by Paz and Associates as they celebrate 20 years in business.  True to indie bookselling form, the budget is minuscule and “re-purposing” will take on a whole new meaning.

Left Bank Books – Central West End

We’ve been drawing, redrawing, haggling, scraping, saving, arguing and planning for a remodel of our store in the CWE for several years now.  We even made an ill-fated stab at it a couple of years ago by trying in vain to bring all the new books upstairs and make the basement – ahem – lower level used books only.

As I said, it was ill-fated.

The bookshelves downstairs must have procreated many years ago and begat many new bookshelves that grew to sizes that are impossible to extricate from the premises without a hacksaw.

We stumbled.  We grew tired.  We moved on.

Until now.

The view from the front door.

The first thing we need to address is the stairs.  “What?” you may be saying, “I didn’t know you had a downstairs and I’ve been shopping at your store for 15 years!”

Yes.  That’s exactly the problem.  Last year, I made a giant sign to hang above the stairs that says “More Books Downstairs” with a gigantic arrow on it pointing, well, down the stairs.

The thing that happens now:

“What sign?” says the former owner of the store when he came to visit.  Sigh.

The second thing we want to change is the children’s section.

“Wait!” you say, “I love that children’s section.  Don’t lay a finger on it!”

To that I say this:

The children’s section

Books  should not be shelved on the floor.  Also, standing in this section with no place to turn around inspires panicky feelings in my stomach.

We’ll come up with a cool solution for this, too.

The trick will be to manage all this before the start of the holiday season (and around our event with Tony La Russa).

Yeah.  There’s that panicky feeling again.  Stay tuned for more updates as we go!



  1. Tell them to figure out where to put a couple comfy chairs. Since Border’s closed and the Barnes & Noble in Ladue has only wooden cafe chairs that might as well be made of nails, I’m constantly on the lookout for a nice place to read. Bread Co. almost works, but the ambiance isn’t exactly cozy.

    Comment by Andy — August 20, 2012 @ 6:11 pm | Reply

  2. I would have killed for a new children’s section while I was the buyer. I will now throw a tantrum!

    Comment by Robin Frisella — August 20, 2012 @ 7:13 pm | Reply

  3. I hear ya on the sign! We have several, 2×3 size in our small space, one with used book prices; I finally just started pointing to it whenever I’m asked prices…. Good luck with the remodel!

    Comment by Robin Tidwell — August 21, 2012 @ 7:51 am | Reply

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