Whatever the balance, it comes down to one thing for the longtime owner of a Christian bookstore at a well-traveled intersection in Groton Township.
A Christian radio station was whispering in the background at J&R Gospel Gift Shop on a recent weekday when Phyllis Berger pondered the state of things.
It's graduation season. Ten years ago, this little Bible bookstore at Hayes Avenue and Mason Road would have been going gangbusters this time of year.
"We couldn't even keep Bibles on the shelf," Berger said. "This year, we sold three."
The afternoon was interrupted by just two customers: Marcia Rotsinger, who dropped by with her granddaughter to pick up Mother's Day bulletins for Sunday services at Emmanuel United Church of Christ, and Stephanie Eisenhauer, who stopped to buy a book.
"When she hears about a good book, she stops in," Berger said of her longtime friend, Eisenhauer. "That's quite often."
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