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BLOG: Goodbye to a bookstore

Tom Jackson • Nov 12, 2010 at 12:11 PM

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.

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