A high-end B&N is coming to Scarsdale, NY; an Orange County bookstore is thrown a lifeline; and a Buffalo, NY, bookseller reveals his run-in with the FBI.
Upmarket B&N to Open in Scarsdale, N.Y.: At the eTail West conference last month, Barnes & Noble CEO Ron Boire talked about opening a new prototype store later this year. But combining bricks-and-mortar and digital isn’t B&N’s only experiment, it is about to try an upscale store and restaurant in a former Borders location.
Orange County’s Once Upon a Storybook Stays in the Picture: The Tustin, Calif., bookstore, which had planned to close, will now stay open thanks to a new financial partner, Erin Moriarty. The bookstore is planning a “chapter 2” celebration next month.
Bookstore Owner Questions Why He Was Targeted by FBI: For two years, the FBI kept tabs on environmental activist Leslie Pickering and his Buffalo, N.Y., bookstore, Burning Books, from which they thought he was running an eco-terrorist cell. After a confidential informant recanted part of her story, Pickering wants to know why the FBI relied on informants with an axe to grind.
Atlanta History Center Bookstore Expands: Souper Jenny, a soup and sandwich shop, will open April 2 in a shared space with the center’s expanded bookstore and gift shop.
Pendelton’s Armchair Books to Close: Citing declining sales, co-owner Terry Dallas said that the Pendelton, Ore., bookstore will close in April after 34 years.