When I married a Cleveland girl and moved to northern Ohio in 2003, I couldn't find a newspaper job at first. (Yes, I know it's hard to believe the local papers didn't clamor for my services, but it's true.)
So instead, I did something I'd always wanted to try -- I took a job working at a bookstore, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, in the Legacy Village shopping center in suburban east Cleveland. The pay and the hours weren't very good, but I loved being around books. (I got to take charge of a bookshelf in the history section.)
Today's Plain Dealer brings the news that the bookstore is shutting down, another casualty of the business slowdown and competition from the Internet.
I hope we get to keep our Borders bookstore at Sandusky Mall. I've made a point of shopping there.