Looking for a new owner.
I've been putting this story off for months because I was hoping that a buyer could be found., but it appears that June 30 will be the last day for The Bookstore in the Grove unless a buyer appears before then. Hopefully someone or some entity can come through. It's not a failing business, Felice Dubin, the owner, just wants to move on.When I went to breakfast there yesterday, I noticed a sign in the window stating that their hours would be shortened - 7 am to 7 pm and that they are not open on Sundays now. They are winding down. I'm almost hyperventilating at the thought.
I am hoping a deal can be met by someone who can afford to give back to the Community. What is a community without a bookstore? It's the heart and soul of a place. Our bookstore has meant a lot to us over the years, it's more than just a bookstore, it's a hang out, it's a place to get breakfast and lunch. It needs to be part of the community.
So many events have taken place at The Bookstore over the years. It's been in two locations since it's opening in 2007. It's been a part of the Grove for 10 wonderful years. Now it needs to be saved. The whole purpose of the store was to replace Borders books, which was at the Mayfair for so many years. When they closed, Felice Dubin and Sandy Francis stepped in to give the Grove a bookstore. It was/is a labor of love for them. It was something that they gave back to the community.
I'm hoping that one of the big shot developers or businesses that are taking over Coconut Grove now and who claim to give back to the community, actually will give back. They can take over the place and put a general manager in to run it and hopefully life can go on. The staff is there, they are wonderful, they treat the place as if it's their own. They know the community.
Most of the business comes from the cafe, which is the driving force - breakfast and lunch keep the place running. It's excellent gourmet food, organic and fresh and people come for that.
Outside the original location at Virginia and Grand.
Some people have been interested but they are concerned about the rising rent. As of now, The Bookstore has a very favorable rental agreement and it may tripled or more if someone takes over and signs a new lease. But it will be rented at market value (Grove market value) and that is to be expected. Can enough food and books be sold to accommodate the rent? I think so.
Here's hoping another book store in the area can take over the Grove Bookstore or a business with a community spirit in mind can take it over and run it. It would be a shame to let this gem disappear with so much of the rest of Coconut Grove. It's a quiet oasis which people need. If you do a search for the bookstore in the Grapevine, you'll see hundreds of stories and events that have taken place there. Let's not lose that.
Felice Dubin is the owner of The Bookstore in the Grove, you may reach her at 305-443-2855. Call. Talk.