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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

We Can Do It -- Community Bands Together to Start up a Book Store

By Keith R. Schmitz

The disappearance in few months ago of the venerable Harry W. Schwartz bookstore tore a big hole in the fabric of community of life in the Milwaukee northshore.

Around for 17 years, the store became a gathering place for residents to browse books, sip coffee and bump into neighbors. Plus, the store didn't do too bad despite Amazon. Like many stores, it was more than the products it sold.

There are number of ways to fix this, but in the true spirit of this community a group of us are banding together to form a bookstore co-op in the style of Outpost and the Seminary book store chain in Chicago.

We have about 400 people interested in becoming members. If you want a piece of this action, go to www.openbookcoop.com. 

We will be having an informational meeting on July 1st at 7:00 pm in the Hubbard Park River Club. The park is at 3565 N. Morris Blvd. in Shorewood and is accessible through the pedestrian tunnel on the west end of the parking lot.

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