An iconic New York City store gets a new lease on bookselling and a closing store will return; a Pennsylvania bookstore gets geeky; and more.
NYC’s Three Lives to Stay: The long-time Greenwich Village bookstore, which had been on a month-to-month lease while its building was up for sale, has reached an agreement with the new owner. In a letter to customers, bookstore owner Toby Cox wrote: “We are delighted with the cooperation we have had with the new owners, grateful for the opportunity to work out a new lease to remain in our home of 33 years, and we thank them for their commitment to keep Three Lives & Company in the West Village.”
B&N to Return to the Bronx in 24 to 36 Months: Although the Bronx will have to say good-bye to the 25,000 sq. ft. Barnes & Noble in the Bay Plaza Shopping Center soon, the country’s largest bookstore chain has made a commitment to return. A spokesperson for the retailer told the Bronx Times that the chain will make the Bronx one of the destinations for the five new Barnes & Noble stores to open around the country.
Of Dice and Den Opens Today at Aaron’s Books; The Lititz, Pa., bookstore is adding a store within a store that focuses on pop-culture and games. It will feature tabletop games, role-playing games, graphic novels, single-issue comics, anime, fantasy, and sci-fi. Co-owner Sam-Droke Dickinson will manage the new store, with a little help from son, Aaron, for whom the bookstore is named.
Tipp City Bookstore Returns: Five months after a fire ripped through the Ohio bookstore, owner Bill Jones said that the rebuilding process is moving forward, albeit slowly. The store won’t be ready to reopen in time for the holidays, but should be up and running early next year.
Blue Crab Books in Yorktown, Va., Looks to Add More “Crabbies”: After buying the bookstore next door, Jacqui McNeil, who combined it with her handmade glass goods business, Pinot Anriki Glass Design, has been struggling to bring more customers, or “crabbies,” back into the store. Many thought the bookstore had closed last November, when Blue Crab’s previous owner, Anne Buse, announced that she was retiring. Nearby construction has also taken a toll. “I have sunk quite a bit of money into this thing,” said McNeil, “and I want to see it stay open so I can see a return.”
Maine’s Front Porch Books to Close: Victoria Erker wants to retire and is closing the used bookstore that has been in her Orono home for the past 12 years. The store’s last day will be November 19.