This summer I met the author of Rebel Bookseller, Andrew Laties at Word Up Bookshop. Andrew has opened 5 bookstores in the last 30 years. I am so grateful for his support and for encouraging me to take the leap and open La Casa Azul Bookstore.
Read Andrew Laties' Op Ed: Occupy Manhattan Storefronts
Published on November 2, 2011
How can indies deploy their strengths and seize the day?
Crowd-sourced funding is a proven winner for indie shops. During the very weeks of St. Mark’s highly publicized campaign to survive, a different company, online-only La Casa Azul Bookstore — a Latino literature bookstore – raised more than $33,000 through crowd-sourcing website IndieGoGo to help launch a new Manhattan storefront next year. The crowd-sourced capital will be amplified by matching gifts and loans.
The momentum of La Casa Azul Bookstore suggests that indie storefronts have a way forward unavailable to chains.Indie shops can — and should — capitalize on their unique positions within their communities.
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St. Mark’s Bookshop To Remain Open After Reaching Deal With Cooper Union
Published on November 3, 2011
The final chapter has yet to be written about St. Mark’s Bookshop — a fixture in the East Village for over three decades. The independent bookstore had planned to close its doors due to a rent hike by landlord, Cooper Union, but it received a reprieve after Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer intervened.