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Old 02-28-2024, 06:27 PM
 
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Hope it works out well. It's a tough time for book stores.



Vroman’s Bookstore Goes Up for Sale
Controlling interest shareholder says it’s time for new energy and a fresh vision for the legacy Pasadena business

https://www.pasadenanow.com/main/vro...es-up-for-sale

130-year-old California bookstore seeks buyer
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A Beloved 130-Year-Old Small Business in California Is Seeking a New Owner
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130-year-old Pasadena bookstore looking for buyer
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Old 02-29-2024, 05:41 AM
 
Location: So Ca
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Really sad. One of the most incredible bookstores in the greater L.A. area. I hope that the owner can find a local buyer.
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Old 03-01-2024, 10:49 AM
 
Location: East Bay, San Francisco Bay Area
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When we lived in Pasadena & South Pasadena many years ago, this was a great bookstore to visit and browse. We’d walk on Colorado Blvd., exploring the various shops and often stop in. I hope for a good outcome. Not many bookstores left these days.
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Old 03-01-2024, 01:04 PM
 
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Question: there used to be a Jones Coffee thing in front of Vroman's. What is there now?
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Old 03-01-2024, 01:51 PM
 
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When we lived in Pasadena & South Pasadena many years ago, this was a great bookstore to visit and browse. We’d walk on Colorado Blvd., exploring the various shops and often stop in. I hope for a good outcome. Not many bookstores left these days.
Same here. We used to take our daughter when she was a baby/toddler to KidSpace, then always to swing by at Vroman to read books, buy books, check the stuffed animals, and just enjoy a smaller/more intimate/non-chain bookstore experience. They also had nice selection of international magazines (there and the magazine stand on Sunset near Chateau Marmont.) as my husband would get U.K music magazines and I would buy French magazines. Then we shopped at Target on Colorado then took Arroyo Parkway then the 101 home to South Pasadena.

The bonus is we saw Keanu Reeves there a couple of times.

I truly hope the bookstore survives, and the new owner won’t turn it to the Erewhon version of bookstore.
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Old 03-02-2024, 09:08 AM
 
Location: East Bay, San Francisco Bay Area
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We haven’t visited the area in many years, since we moved away. Would like to visit one day and see what’s changed. I recall visiting Vroman’s, then walking a block over to the Target on Colorado, then walking over to Lake Ave., and visiting the shops there.


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Same here. We used to take our daughter when she was a baby/toddler to KidSpace, then always to swing by at Vroman to read books, buy books, check the stuffed animals, and just enjoy a smaller/more intimate/non-chain bookstore experience. They also had nice selection of international magazines (there and the magazine stand on Sunset near Chateau Marmont.) as my husband would get U.K music magazines and I would buy French magazines. Then we shopped at Target on Colorado then took Arroyo Parkway then the 101 home to South Pasadena.

The bonus is we saw Keanu Reeves there a couple of times.

I truly hope the bookstore survives, and the new owner won’t turn it to the Erewhon version of bookstore.
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Old 03-05-2024, 07:27 PM
 
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Same here. We used to take our daughter when she was a baby/toddler to KidSpace, then always to swing by at Vroman to read books, buy books, check the stuffed animals, and just enjoy a smaller/more intimate/non-chain bookstore experience. They also had nice selection of international magazines (there and the magazine stand on Sunset near Chateau Marmont.) as my husband would get U.K music magazines and I would buy French magazines. Then we shopped at Target on Colorado then took Arroyo Parkway then the 101 home to South Pasadena.

The bonus is we saw Keanu Reeves there a couple of times.

I truly hope the bookstore survives, and the new owner won’t turn it to the Erewhon version of bookstore.
I love the rare occasions that I've seen celebrities in bookstores. It makes me think better of them. There used to be a Barnes & Noble in Times Square, and I once saw Jeff Daniels in there, between the matinee and evening performance. The NYT just ran a great picture of Paul Giamatti kneeling by a shelf of books in a book store.
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Old 03-08-2024, 06:52 AM
 
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I truly hope the bookstore survives, and the new owner won’t turn it to the Erewhon version of bookstore.
It sounds as if the current owner is looking for a specific type of buyer.

“The institution, the store itself, deserves new energy, commitment, leadership into the new future. So I think it works to the advantage of the bookstore long-term that I try to find the right people to own it and carry it forward.”

So what do the right people look like? Sheldon III says a new owner must value the institution, the content of the books, and what all that means to customers in Southern California.

https://www.kcrw.com/news/shows/pres...n/joel-sheldon
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Old 03-09-2024, 01:14 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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My mother recalled her parents taking her to Vroman's as a child. She loved reading and shopped there often despite the drive. She'd take us to Vroman's to pick out lovely hardbound gifts for our birthdays or Christmas. It was a coveted adventure. Some beloved childhood reads I chose to keep over the years have Vroman's stickers on the jackets. Whenever I spotted a Vroman's shopping bag on the family room table I knew we were in for another special treat. I certainly wish them well!

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Old 03-13-2024, 08:24 PM
 
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It sounds as if the current owner is looking for a specific type of buyer.
Which I think is wonderful! Far preferable to just selling to the first buyer or highest bidder. I'm just reading about how private equity companies have a buy-and-destroy pattern.
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