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Just about 2.5 months ago, self SNLC'ed about the pending eviction, if not demise, of The Book House in the STL municipality of Rock Hill.  Today on the Post-Dispatch's website, Steve Giegerich has this article that gives perhaps a sliver of hope for the store, if not the actual historic building.  There's one detail in the soap opera that I managed to miss (typical careless loser, that 3CM) in the situation, although part of me wonders if that detail was there to begin with.  More below the flip.....

The detail that I missed involved a bit of non-payment of rent by Book House owner Michelle Barron:

".....Barron is scheduled to appear in a St. Louis Circuit Courtroom on July 25 to explain why current property owner Rex Stahl of Moscow Mills should not evict her by the end of the month.

Stahl filed the eviction papers after Barron balked at paying rent as the demolition of the Book House became imminent. Barron said the withheld rent reflected the cost of improvements she’s made to the Victorian since purchasing the business in 1986."

Granted, not paying rent is a bad thing, if only for your credit rating, never mind legal or moral obligations.  However, emotionally, in this context, I can understand, if not condone why Barron felt like blowing off paying the rent.  In the long run, why pay rent when the building you're renting is going to be demolished anyway?  The catch, of course, is that in the short term, one is obliged to pay the rent, pending demolition or no.

Regarding the eviction, Bill Bowman of Great Northern Development, the Michigan firm behind the EZ Storage construction project that will displace The Book House, did try to sound a more conciliatory tone regarding the eviction:

"Bowman is confident that last week’s developments, particularly the arrangement to relocate the business to Maplewood, will stave off the eviction hearing and buy Barron the time she needs to vacate the Rock Hill address.

'As long as there is a formal agreement on where she is going then we at least have a time frame,' he said, emphasizing 'We’re not in the business of kicking people out of places.'

Barron, as of Friday, was not as optimistic.

'People keep promising that the eviction proceedings will be dropped,' she said. 'But we have nothing in writing. And we still have a court date.'"

There is also this bit about Barron that is itself a bit more conciliatory:
She has since offered to meet the terms of her lease for the remainder of her tenure in a home that is listed on the Rock Hill historic registry."
The reason for this is stated in the opening of Giegerich's article:
"The saga of the Book House, a far-flung tale of a small business facing extinction, appears headed for a happy ending. Barring a last minute glitch, the literary institution is poised to move a heritage of 33 years, 200,000 books and a black cat named Blake (for the English poet, William) to a location in downtown Maplewood.

Proprietor Michelle Barron announced last week that she has reached a preliminary agreement to relocate to an abandoned Newberry’s discount store on Manchester Road, three miles east of the 1863 Victorian the Book House has occupied for over three decades."

I'll admit that I hadn't been aware exactly where the referred-to "abandoned Newberry's discount store" is on Manchester Road, whether it's actually in the heart of Maplewood on Manchester, or due west of the center of town.  However, 'teh Google' revealed something from the "Genealogy in St. Louis" page here:
"At the corner of Manchester & Sutton was the BIG Katz Drug store. East of that, across the street was a bank, across the street from the bank was a Woolworth store, and east of that was J. J. Newberry’s."
The corner of Manchester and Sutton is indeed at the western edge of what I would consider the heart of Maplewood, where last night, this municipal shindig took place.  (I did stop by said shindig, FWIW.)

Barron is eyeing a rough time line as follows:

"'We’ll get it bare bones up and running and do what we need to do at the start to meet code,' said Barron, eyeing a gradual roll out beginning in October."
Well, we shall see.  Fingers crossed certainly for Barron on this.

With that, time for the usual SNLC protocol, namely your loser stories of the week.....

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  •  yup, yet another autobot posting (5+ / 0-)

    Will be back in a few (if not earlier, weather permitting) to follow up on any traffic.

    So, from here:  saw that one of my old glasses (a tumbler, I guess) has a long crack that goes a fair way around the glass.  Not broken, just cracked, though no fragments.  So question; trash, or recycling?

    "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

    by chingchongchinaman on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 04:42:30 PM PDT

  •  hi (5+ / 0-)

    I am here for a bit.

    Some friends stopped by for an hour on their way to a reunion.  We had not seen them for 30 years.  We had kept up with Christmas cards.  It didn't seem as if it had been that long.

    But then, nearly half of July has gone while I am still wondering what happened to June.  :)

    We will see three grandbabies, tomorrow.

    It is very warm here.  In the high 80's and low 90's for the next several days.  

    Best wishes to all here!

    Join us at Bookflurries-Bookchat on Wednesday nights 8:00 PM EST

    by cfk on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 06:25:45 PM PDT

    •  Hi, it's not as warm here as it was (3+ / 0-)
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      supposed to be (yay)

      Racial hostility, homophobia and misogyny are braided together like strands of the same rope. When we fight one, we fight them all. - Charles M. Blow

      by blueoregon on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 06:51:29 PM PDT

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      •  here, I thought I remembered a prediction of.... (2+ / 0-)
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        .....a 30% chance of rain, which fortunately didn't come to pass, especially as I was outdoors this evening.

        "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

        by chingchongchinaman on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 10:18:12 PM PDT

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    •  thanks for stopping by (2+ / 0-)
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      Given the major news event today, no surprise about light traffic here.  Today was kind an OK summer day, quite warm rather than heinously global warming scalding warm (we got that earlier this week, after a fashion).

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 10:14:40 PM PDT

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      •  The temperatures here haven't been bad (2+ / 0-)
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        at all. OTOH, the humidity has been through the roof for weeks now, even on nice sunny days with no rain (but I think days with at least some rain far outnumber the dry ones).

        IOW, it might as well be a temperate rainforest. Yesterday in particular I thought I'd somehow been transported to the Pacific NW -- without the wonderful liberal culture, terrific food, and good-looking people. (Of course, this is probably the dry season for them, lol.)

        Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

        by Youffraita on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 10:27:29 PM PDT

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        •  yup, I keep saying that someone mixed up.... (1+ / 0-)
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          .....the cosmic rain orders, in that STL has gotten way too much this year, and the Southwest (especially where the wildfires are) much too little.  I would happily send several inches of our rain this year southwest.

          "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

          by chingchongchinaman on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 11:05:12 PM PDT

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          •  So would I: (1+ / 0-)
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            I would happily send several inches of our rain this year southwest.
            ...but I must say, everything here is green and growing madly.

            I worry about the saffron crop, though. Did you know the Amish and Mennonites here grow saffron crocuses? Turns out the fall-blooming crocus likes our (normal) weather patterns of moist falls, winters, and springs, and hot dry summers.

            OOPS.

            Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

            by Youffraita on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 11:17:01 PM PDT

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            •  interesting to see how the saffron changes with... (0+ / 0-)

              .....climate change and alterations in weather patterns.

              Speaking of water levels, I haven't been near the river of late, so I have no idea if the super high level that I remember from going over the river back in April is still the same.

              "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

              by chingchongchinaman on Sun Jul 14, 2013 at 12:34:12 PM PDT

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    •  Hi, cfk! (2+ / 0-)
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      I think it's cooler here than where you are, but with the humidity levels so high, it is just miserable.

      Have fun with the grandbabies!

      And I'm with you on the subject of Where did June go? even though I of course paid rent for July.

      Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

      by Youffraita on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 10:30:33 PM PDT

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      •  sounds like plenty of rainfall there, I take it (1+ / 0-)
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        Tonight was definitely one of the nicer summer evenings here.  Didn't stop me from getting eaten alive by mosquitoes, of course.

        "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

        by chingchongchinaman on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 11:07:39 PM PDT

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        •  I'm right in the middle of town, so (1+ / 0-)
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          the mosquito problem is less than it would be elsewhere, although of course they sometimes get me on breaks, or walking home from work.

          Skeeters are one of many reasons I hate camping.

          BTW, a customer tonight bought a thing of OFF. I remember b/c I kind of gasped when the price came up (I'm sure you can get the same thing cheaper practically everywhere else). But she paid without flinching. I don't know what she's planning, but mosquitoes must be involved.

          Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

          by Youffraita on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 11:22:51 PM PDT

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          •  she obviously thinks it's worth it (0+ / 0-)

            Hey, take the business, yes?  Speaking of mosquito bites, the one on my right lower arm near the wrist is a monster sweller, not the normal smallish one that swells fast, but then recedes relatively quickly.  Makes me wonder.

            "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

            by chingchongchinaman on Sun Jul 14, 2013 at 12:32:08 PM PDT

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  •  Crossing my fingers for Barron as well. (3+ / 0-)
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    Racial hostility, homophobia and misogyny are braided together like strands of the same rope. When we fight one, we fight them all. - Charles M. Blow

    by blueoregon on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 06:49:42 PM PDT

    •  I suppose that Rock Hill's loss is..... (1+ / 0-)
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      ....Maplewood's gain, after a fashion, especially as there isn't a bookstore in Maplewood that I know of.  The last one a few years back had moved from the Loop area, but the new location didn't last long.

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 10:19:47 PM PDT

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