My introduction to the business of selling second-hand books was by chance rather than by design. I have been an avid book buyer and collector for more than 35 years so the idea of operating my own shop did cross my mind at least several times. But, by the time my 60th birthday rolled around, I had put the idea aside as “probably not in this lifetime.”
Enter Lisa, my cosmetologist wife. Lisa was currently working at a hair salon but had been secretly wishing she had a salon of her own. One night, upon arriving home from work, she announced we needed to find and buy our own building so she could go into business for herself. I thought at the time, well, if I am never going to operate my own used book shop, at least Lisa can operate her own hair salon.
We aggressively looked for and found a building that already had a working hair salon. It could not have been more perfect.
As we were busy remodeling the first floor for the hair salon, we wondered what we were going to do with all that space on the second floor. Should we expand the salon to include the second floor? How about skin care? Massage therapist?
When none of those ideas really struck a cord we finally hit upon it. How about a book shop? How unusual it would be to combine a hair salon with a second-hand book shop! The Lakewalk Bookshop was born.
There are many different kinds of used book shops. Some large, some small. Some specialize in specific areas, some carry books in all areas of interest. My collecting interest over the years tended to emphasize Western Americana, so the shop is heavy in that area. However, there is also a nice selection of literature and fiction as well as books about Minnesota, poetry, cook books, nature, South Sea islands, books about books, philosophy, Civil War, biography/memoir as well as children’s books. There are books bound in full leather for the discriminating collector as well as inexpensive books for the casual reader. There is even a rare book room.
So, whether you are looking for a specific title or just enjoy browsing the shelves, I hope you will stop by and make my acquaintance. I know you will not be disappointed.