In November, Charlie Leonard, the owner of the Bookcase of Wayzata, posted an open letter on his store's Web page, asking that customers please remember to patronize his store over the holiday. Many indie bookstores are operating on a razor-thin margin, and Leonard was worried that if things didn't pick up, he might have to close. The Bookcase, which opened in downtown Minneapolis in the 1950s and moved to Wayzata shortly thereafter, is the Twin Cities' oldest indie bookstore.
In another open letter posted today, Leonard tells his customers that he'll be moving--but not closing--the store. "We have made no secret over the past few months about the struggles we are facing in our uphill battle to simply break even," he wrote. "To that end, we have come to recognize that our No. 1 problem right now is the cost of renting our building."
Leonard has worked out an agreement with the landlord and is putting the store up for rent. He's looking for new quarters in downtown Wayzata. You can read his full letter here.