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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. 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.
3. I’ll Never Be President
- Friday, October 21, 2016
BIRTHDAY REFLECTIONS IN AN ELECTION YEAR. Let’s face it; I’ll never be president.
Another birthday just showed up and I didn’t blow out any candles. Maybe I don’t have the breath for it anymore. Maybe I don’t have the enthusiasm. While I’m grateful for another year, the count thereof gives me pause.
4. 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.
5. April 26-May 2: This Week in Memphis History
- Saturday, April 27, 2013
1993: On the front page of The Daily News is a story looking at the formal opening on the Main Street Trolley, a project eight years in the making that remade what had been the Mid-America Mall. The Memphis Area Transit Authority offered free trolley rides the first two days of operation.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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."
9. Memphis Man Crafts Local Puzzle Book For Fellow Enthusiasts
- Thursday, June 28, 2007
Quick, what's a nine-letter word for "Local crossword-puzzle author"?
The answer is B-L-A-K-E-B-U-R-N, as in Mark Blakeburn, a longtime Memphian and crossword fanatic who decided to share his passion with others.
10. 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.
11. 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
- Monday, December 4, 2006
The Memphis Bar Association's Diversity Task Force sponsors a diversity summit today from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Pink Palace Museum, 3050 Central Ave. Sessions will include "Achieving Success Through Diversity," "Why Diversity is Important for Success in the Legal Profession" and "How Minority Attorneys Can Attract Business Clients." Cost is $50 for regular registration, $30 for attorneys in firms of five or fewer and free for law students and guests. Call 527-3573 for more information.
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...
17. Archived Article: Bookstores Jts
- Tuesday, April 16, 1996
4/15 jts cupacoffee Memphis merges mocha with Melville Bookstores sell more with cafes By JAMES SNYDER More and more Memphis bookstores are going the way of Seattle, serving up a hot cup of joe to accompany the latest John Grisham novel. Davis-Kidd ...