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.


Had the pleasure of photographing Sea of Teeth recently. I highly suggest you check them out.

Check out their soundcloud

And their twitter

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?

Making Erie proud!


Ollie the orangutan

  1. Camera: Nikon D90
  2. Aperture: f/4
  3. Exposure: 1/125th
  4. Focal Length: 50mm
"We’ve been in the wine business a little over 40 years now. I came back into the wine industry about eight years ago. At that point, we started distilling on a very, very small scale … “As time went on, we started to see an opportunity and growth in the craft spirits market … We envisioned a place where we would have the land to grow the grains on site and a grain-to-glass operation and have a bit of space to grow … [which] means that farming & production is planned in such a way that the agricultural products that we use to craft our beverages – that will end up in your glass – don’t have to travel very far … We currently have a licensing application to add a brewing operation, which is slated for sometime this summer. We are also looking to craft gin and hopefully other products. This will allow us to bring wine, beer, and spirits all under one roof – thereby making us a unique operation and probably one of only a half dozen or so in the entire United States that has all three in one facility."
— Mario Mazza, of the Mazza Wine family and owner of Five & 20 Spirits, on his new venture: craft whisky. He also discussing their future plans: being one of only a few facilities in the U.S. that crafts wine, spirits, and beer under the same roof.

If you’ve never been, you’re missing out. Click above for more details, but here are the basics:

  • Sampling Session 1 • 1:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Sampling Session 2 • 5:00pm to 8:00pm

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.


From YourErie

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!


I’m moving to Erie PA soon, any of my followers from or near there?