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1. I Recommend a New Novel
- Friday, September 1, 2017
They read us like a book. When I was growing up, The Book Shelf was about where the northwest corner of the Kroger in Poplar Plaza is now. It smelled like books – not the library smell of tomes and the weight of knowledge, but the smell of brand-new information, shiny new possibilities, a world of discovery on a personal scale.
2. Novel Evokes Memories of Davis-Kidd, With a Few Updates
- Thursday, August 17, 2017
If you turn your head and squint your eyes just right, you can almost believe that Davis-Kidd Booksellers is back.
That beloved Memphis institution closed in 2011 after more than 25 years in operation. The store was soon renamed the Booksellers at Laurelwood, but while it had the same location and the same employees, it wasn’t quite the same as its predecessor. Then, after barely six years in business, that store also closed down in February, leaving a gaping hole in the city for readers who still liked to visit bookstores.
3. Coffee, Bakery Shop To Occupy Busy Corner In Cooper-Young
- Thursday, August 17, 2017
When David Adams first started considering a second Bluff City Coffee & Bakery location, he didn’t even think about the Cooper-Young neighborhood.
4. Independent Bookstore Day Celebrates Reading, Small Businesses
- Friday, April 28, 2017
It probably won’t escape many local participants and supporters of Independent Bookstore Day this weekend that the day is as much about the survival of the medium as it is a celebration of it.
5. Turning the Page
- Saturday, January 28, 2017
When a bookstore decides to close its doors for good, the moment isn't always so immediate or possessive of the clean finality that comes with shutting a book at the end of the story.
In the case of The Booksellers at Laurelwood, it is a long goodbye. These final weeks of a liquidation sale that will stretch into February – the culmination of a decision that the store’s finances have become untenable – have meant the slow unwinding of a 32-year-old bookstore that’s closing up shop the same way you fall asleep, fall in love, get old – gradually, then all of a sudden.
6. In Business for 140 Years, Burke’s Book Store is Making a Comeback
- Friday, August 21, 2015
Independent bookstores tend to mean something special to lovers of the printed word. They aren’t just places of commerce, even for their owners, but a sanctuary for something in danger of slipping away in an increasingly digital world.
- Thursday, July 28, 2011
As the market for brick-and-mortar bookstores lessens, the space that once housed big-box retailers could very well be snatched up faster than a paperback at a liquidation sale.
It was 40 years ago that the first Borders opened its doors in Ann Arbor, Mich., as one of the originators of the big-box bookseller concept. But much to local bookworms’ dismay, Borders will now be known as yet another bookseller to be defeated by the ever-increasing eReader revolution.
8. Burke’s Books Building Reopens As Auto Shop
- Thursday, September 25, 2008
A new chapter began this week in the home of the former Burkes’ Book Store at 1719 Poplar Ave. in Midtown. After months of extensive renovations and additions to the 84-year-old structure, it has reopened as Steve’s Tire & Auto Service Center.
9. Partnership Turns New Page for Vacant Burke's Building
- Thursday, April 17, 2008
The former Burke's Book Store at 1719 Poplar Ave. has sold for $445,000 to Poplar Auto Partners, an investment group headed by commercial real estate broker Mark Johnson.
The sale closed April 7, the same day the company filed a $1.1 million construction loan through Covenant Bank for renovations to the 84-year-old building's exterior and interior, according to the Shelby County Register of Deeds.
10. Party in the Neighborhood: Cooper-Young event to mirror S. Main trolley tour
- Monday, March 3, 2008
Cheryl Mesler, who co-owns Burke's Book Store in Midtown with her husband, Corey, is doubly excited about the book signing happening in April to promote Corey's new book of poems, "Some Identity Problems."
11. New Cooper-Young 'Biz Director Puts Neighborhood's Character to Use
- Tuesday, June 5, 2007
It's a new job, but also a homecoming of sorts.
When Lyn Patrick Myers signed on as the director of the Cooper-Young Business Association (CYBA) at the end of March, the job brought her back to the eclectic Memphis neighborhood close to where she grew up.
12. Burke's Sketches New BiographyWith Move to Cooper-Young Area
- Friday, March 23, 2007
Thursday, a new chapter began in the life of one of Memphis' oldest and best-loved fixtures, Burke's Book Store at 1719 Poplar Ave.
Co-owners Cheryl and Corey Mesler, along with a host
13. The Next Chapter Unfolds in Tale of Two Bookstores
- Monday, September 11, 2006
The numbers he was crunching seemed too good to ignore.
Hugh Hollowell - a former financial planner-turned-bookstore owner - wanted to expand Midtown Books, the small used book shop he once operated across the street from Blue Monkey on Madison Avenue.
14. A Closing Chapter for Burke's?
- Thursday, May 4, 2006
In the winner-take-all, Texas hold 'em competition that is the world of retail, how many small bookstore owners can say they have a credit card slip signed by actor Gene Hackman lovingly taped to their refrigerator?
15. Archived Article: Small Biz
- Wednesday, April 7, 2004
Burkes a Mainstay in Local Book Scene
The Daily News
Its a marriage built on books. Theres just no other way to describe the relationship of Cheryl and Corey Mesler, owners of Burkes Book Store.
I hired her to marry...
16. Archived Article: Trends Focus
- Monday, September 15, 2003
Lost signs, lost advertising thanks to storm
Damaged Signs Mean Dollar Signs for Some
The Daily News
The first thing Cheryl Mesler who owns Burkes Bookstore along with her husband, Corey saw when she arrived to work early Jul...