Remember The Shop Around the Corner? The charming children’s bookstore tragically had to close its doors in 1998 after Fox Books — a big box store with lattés, low prices and unbeatable selection — ran it out of business.
Sure, that’s just the plot of the classic Meg Ryan-Tom Hanks vehicle “You’ve Got Mail,” but it was never purely fiction. The battle between Ryan’s tiny independent bookstore and Hanks’ behemoth was being played out, with admittedly less romance, all over the country. Read more of the Huffingtonpost online article about Housing Works Bookstore Cafe and see the video too!