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The Book Nook closing

Longtime local business shutting its doors May 31

May 8, 2013

A business that has been a staple in this region for 45 years is closing the book on its service to the community at the end of this mont....

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May-08-13 6:45 AM

So sad to see it close. So many spend hours reading on line now. It's not the same.

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May-08-13 7:41 AM

To bad, although I'm surprised it lasted as long as it has.

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May-08-13 8:13 AM

OMG..I have bought books there all these years..this is going to kill me! They were always so pleasant and helpful and always willing to order me any book I wanted. NOW what am I going to do to keep up with all my favorite authors publications? I don't like reading online or any of those gadgets..I enjoy having the actual paper book in my hand to read, store and enjoy rereading whenever I wanted to. I have over 1,000 books at home and every single one of them was purchased at the Book Nook. I am shocked, saddened, destroyed. I can only pray they will sell to someone who will keep it going. Thank You for all the years of a enjoyable relationship.

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May-08-13 8:38 AM

Book Nook was a great asset to the area, and the fact that they are closing now -- when they had plenty of valid reasons to do so earlier -- says a great deal about the owner's perseverance.

It was our privilege to be their customers, all these years.

BOL in your years to come.

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May-08-13 8:48 AM

Will truly miss this wonderful book store and how much it gave to our community.

They often had book signings, such as the one just awhile back with several authors including Dan O'Rourke and Vicki Westling. Wonderful to actually meet the authors, purchase one of their books, and have them personalize it.

Over the years have spent many hours..and many that wonderful store.


We can complain all we want about higher taxes, too many regs, etc that are hurting our local economy. But if WE the people do not support our local businesses then who will? Use your dollar purchasing power to not only buy what you need and want, but to make a statement in support of LOCAL SHOPS who hire LOCAL people and give back money to our LOCAL community.

Will miss you Book Nook...

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May-08-13 9:41 AM

"...the fact that they are closing now -- when they had plenty of valid reasons to do so earlier -- says a great deal about the owner's perseverance..."

That was my thought as well.

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May-08-13 9:41 AM

can't believe it! spend many days there buying books for my children, grandchildren and friends. will always treasure the book signing i went to and am glad to have a photo of it. when my kids come home to visit, they will be sadly disappointed. they still love their in print reading.

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May-08-13 10:54 AM

Myself and family will miss this store. Going to the plaza always made sure we went to the Book Nook will miss this store very much...

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May-08-13 11:19 AM

Another local shop done in by the throngs of people that shop online to save maybe $1.00 on their purchase. Next time you buy something online ask yourself if you could get it locally - otherwise you too are responsible for the corporate takeover of America, and loss of jobs in your town.

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May-08-13 12:43 PM


Your correct, although in reality it goes even further. It wasn't that long ago the bulk of the everyday items we used were made in the USA and people took pride in that fact.

Then in the 70's cost started to become people's deciding factor and the American consumer showed that we were not willing to pay a premium for US manufactured good and we started buying lower cost good made by companies overseas and US companies had to move production offshore if they wished to compete.

People tend to forget that this is how US companies first started moving their manufacturing overseas, and of course once it began it was bound to get worse and eventually it was no longer just companies moving to survive but also ones moving to improve their bottom line.

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May-08-13 1:02 PM

Sounds bitter. If Borders can't make it a small store like this one is surely doomed. The computer age is taking over. The cell phone controls the world more and more every day.

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May-08-13 1:37 PM

I don't think it sounds bitter, although with the example given I would think there would be good reason to be bitter.

It's people who do use B&M stores as showcases who will be the first to complain when they aren't around anymore.

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May-08-13 5:18 PM

Why would anyone pay for anything they can get cheaper or for free from somewhere else? It's like paying for the Observer...why do that when you can go the observer website and get the same articles for free. Save your money.

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May-08-13 7:26 PM

Thanks for being part of the community for so many years. All things eventually come to an end. Good Luck.

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May-08-13 7:39 PM

The fact of the matter is that they could have diversified their business in order to keep up with the Amazons and Walmarts and yet keep the traditional bookstore that many people have come to know and love. Their website could have been set up for online sales, where the books could have been shipped directly to their store for pickup or the customer's home. This could have been a huge asset to those that find online shopping convenient. While I feel for them, people in the community are losing their jobs everyday through downsizing and closings (i.e. school districts, Cott, Petri, etc). There is a bigger problem that starts with this state and high taxes that make it difficult for business to be here, which causes people to move away. I do wish Rick and Patty the best and hope that the next chapter in their lives brings them as much happiness as their store did.

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May-08-13 7:41 PM

Darkstar wasn't the seventies when the feds started removing tariffs from foreign goods opening the flood gates and dooming American industries?

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May-08-13 10:10 PM

I like how the Observer's article on the Book Nook was basically an article on the article the owner's of the Book Nook wrote. Must be not enough press releases were issued to the Observer to cover all the space. What is up with the botard reporting of the Observer. The paper is just disgusting stupid. Anyways, I refuse to buy anything from any business in Dunkirk because supporting any business that pay taxes to the city to support its police department is foolish. I strategically buy my goods in areas with small accountable governments.

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May-09-13 6:47 AM

Deloniak...I buy the Observer for many reasons. Holding a paper, whether a newspaper or book or magazine, just feels good. Supporting our local paper, even though I disagree with much of the politics, is good for our region. I love reading all the 'little stories' the merit rolls of the students, the sports of our local high school and colleges, the club news, etc. Much that you cannot get on line or in a format that to me is easy to read.

Support of a local paper I think is support of our local community.

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May-09-13 8:16 AM


Well if you wont support local business then don't complain when they aren't any and everyone lives on welfare.

You can't have it both ways, you can't expect small government and getting people back to work if there are no jobs for people to go to.

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May-09-13 8:24 AM

ah, another part of the area's history is coming to a end, and another page of do you remember has been added, time stands still for no one, but the nook will always have fond memories for us

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May-09-13 8:25 AM


That could be, but even if it is, it's not the government's job to make sure goods made overseas cost more then US made goods so we, the American consumer, don't have to make the tough choices ourselves.

On a smaller scale should the government put a tax on tvs at Walmart so they cost more than they cost more than at Golden's so you don't have to decide if it's worth a little extra to support a local business?

We as society need to stop looking at the government for all the answers and demanding they do for us what we aren't willing to do for ourselves.

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May-09-13 12:51 PM

DarkStar: has a point, it amazes us how union workers complain about lost industry and jobs, yet for the most part, they buy products made other than in America, just to save a buck

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May-09-13 8:30 PM

Darkstar I would agree with that if the labor cost was somewhat closer. But the main problem is foreign governmental subsidizing their industries on top of cheap labor American industry doesn't stand a chance

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May-10-13 6:33 AM

If it was Free Rent they would have stayed - Capitalism/Fasism = FALURE !

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May-10-13 7:02 AM

eventhough i didn't go there often, i will miss the book nook.

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