The tiny storefront at 2609 Peach St. sits empty today, a couple fading posters and some scattered papers on the floor the only remains of one of the oldest names in Erie retailing.
The Erie Book Store, purchased less than three years ago from longtime owner Kathleen Cantrell, has closed its doors after more than 90 years in business.
The store, a fixture for years at 717 French St. and later at Lovell Place, was sold in 2011 when Cantrell decided to retire.
New owner Eric Turowski initially moved the business, which sold both new and used books, to a new location at 915 State St.
By February of 2013, there were signs of trouble for the retailer that traced its corporate roots back to an store that Albert Nash opened in 1921 at 17 E. Eighth St..
Turowski, the author of several horror/thriller books, announced in February 2013 that he was moving to a storefront near West 26th and Peach streets.
“We’re forced into this move to survive, ” Eric Turowski said at the time of the move. “We can’t survive in this particular spot.”
He went on to say that business had declined about 60 percent since he opened the store.
He broke the news that the business would close on the store’s Facebook page with this posting: “The Erie Book Store is closed indefinitely. We would like to thank our volunteers for their hard work.”
Another local book store bites the dust.
Some are doctors and lawyers — others are entrepreneurs, artists, and musicians. One writes songs with her cat, while another is creating awareness in Erie’s canine community. One built his first website before his tenth birthday, while another now runs and owns an award-winning bakery she worked at as a freshman in college. Of two engineers, one is a three-time Jeopardy! winner,
Maybe it’s a silly list, but I’m all for the positive vibes here. Congrats to all these people. Although, there has to be more than 2 people of color that should have made the list, eh?
Check out this Notre Dame video on the WNBA draft night experiences of two Fighting Irish stars, Erie’s Kayla McBride and Natalie Achonwa:
Making Erie proud!
Ollie the orangutan
In the wake of scandal and consequent uproar, the Pennsylvania State Senate approved a bill to ban cash gifts.
Port Business Expected to Increase
FINDLEY LAKE, N. Y. — People skiing their way down the Finsbury Field and Nottingham Notch trails witnessed an unusual sight this winter at Peek’n Peak Resort and Spa.
OBITUARY - i, the crooked, Deceased, November 23, 2009 - March 31, 2014 Lifelong State Street resident the crooked i unexpectedly passed away early Monday, March 31, 2014. Well known to and much loved by bluegrassers, bluesmen, deadheads, DJs, folkies, goths, hip-hoppers, hipsters, metalheads, punks, rockers, punk rockers, and people with ears, the crooked i will be remembered across the re
If you’ve never been, you’re missing out. Click above for more details, but here are the basics:
Over 35 Craft Brewers Unlike most brew festivals the people who pour at WQLN’s Erie Micro Brew Festival are either owners or brewers. Here is a list of the many brewers: link.
Local favorites will include Lavery Brewing Company, Sprague Farm & Brew Works (Venango), Voodoo Brewing (Meadville), Blue Canoe (Titusville), The Brewerie, Erie Brewing Co., Timber Creek (Meadville), and the brand spanking new Erie Ale Works!
Hope to see you all there!
Docksider and Sluggers are doing their part to cut down on problems inside their bars. They’re taking a proactive approach to preventing problems.
A shooting at the Cell Block at the beginning of March is leading to some changes in the downtown bar scene. The shooting prompted the owner to shut down the bar and then put the business up for sale.
Now there’s a strict dress code in place at Sluggers and Docksider.
Posted outside of Docksider is a list of the dress code - including no flat brim hats, no baggy pants or sweatpants, no plain white t-shirts, no revealing clothes and no gang colors or signs."
In other words, what these two bars are saying with their dress codes: no black people. You know, unless black people want to assimilate into polo and khaki white culture.
Fuck these racist assholes. Is this fucking 1950 Alabama?
They were shitty to begin with, now I despise them even more. Having reluctantly been there a handful of times in college, I’m pretty sure that the Cell Block’s many, many problems had nothing to do with the fact that some people wore flat-brimmed hats and baggy pants.
Wi-Fi Bench Erie, Pennsylvania (2014)
Connectivity relies on service and security to make a public wireless network truly accessible. The detailing of each component is critical in supporting an invisible infrastructure* known only by the presence of the project icon.
*Thomas Pynchon. The Crying of Lot 49 (HarperCollins 1965).
Let’s get these on the bayfront!