A devastating fire at an historic Ohio bookstore; a just-closed Michigan bookstore could return; a boardwalk anniversary in Delaware; and more.
Fire Destroys Over $1 Million in Bookstore Inventory: The owner of Browse Awhile Books in Tipp City, Ohio, estimates that a Monday night fire that rekindled again Tuesday morning destroyed over $1 million in inventory. Three tenants who lived in an apartment above the rare, used, and out-of-print bookstore got out safely. The 1872 building is listed in the National Park Service’s Register of Historic Places.
Blue Frog Closed, But Could It Return?: Unable to find a buyer, the Howell, Mich. store closed on Friday. But
at least one customer, English teacher Mike Breenen, would like to see the store reopen and launched a $35,000 GoFundMe campaign. He already has five investors.
End of an Indie Chain: Womrath Bookshop’s closing at the end of the month in Tenafly, N.J., marks the end of what had been one of the largest bookstore chains in the New York metro area. Only one Womrath remains, the 75-year old indie in Bronxville, N.Y. At one time there were as many as 50 stores.
Bethany Beach Books Turns 25: Among the promotions that the Bethany Beach, Del., bookstore next to the boardwalk has planned to mark its first quarter century is a 25% discount on 25 of its most popular titles for 25 days next month.