The old sawhorse about independent bookstores is that they establish and nurture local community. This can be ephemeral, sure, and also accidentally amusing – see Elliott Bay Books’s note about their new location, which mentions the wood detailing three times in one sentence.
I predicted earlier that 2010 will see indies experimenting with different kinds of value, defining community in different ways. Maybe we don’t have to wait.
Last night Ami, Eric and I attended HUGE‘s holiday bash at Powerhouse Arena. The party was loads of fun and executed perfectly, but what struck Ami and I was how many 2009 events we’d been to at Powerhouse. Book readings, the NBA 5 Under 35 gathering, even a rock concert.
How many bookstores do you know have such adventurous programming? Or rent out their space to hip design firms? Or publish their own books? These might be the new attractors that help independents thrive. (It’s also reason #16 why I want to live in Dumbo.)