This was mentioned in the last open-ended What We're Missing post, but I think it's worth repeating -- wouldn't it be nice to have a bookstore in the neighborhood? I contacted local chain Olsson's about it a awhile ago (when they were still in business) but that's obviously off the table now since they are bankrupt.
But I think it'd be a good idea -- maybe a bookstore and cafe or coffee shop would be best, since local independent bookstores are not always doing too well lately. Selling CDs would be cool too.
As far as I know, the only place in the neighborhood that has both is Target, and their selections are lacking -- mainly the bestsellers. Target does, however, have a nice selection of classic books for about 6 bucks each -- I got Fahrenheit 451 there.
Some good models for the bookstore would be Sankofa Bookstore and Cafe on Georgia Avenue, The Potter's House in Adams Morgan, or Afterwords/Kramerbooks in that they sell books and have a cafe or coffeeshop.
I wouldn't mind a Borders type either, but an independent one would be best, in my opinion.
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