Food For Thought Books 106 North Pleasant Street, Amherst
Yet another floundering downtown business has sent up an emergency flare hoping consumers will throw them a lifeline. And soon.
This time it's iconic Food For Thought Books, one of only two worker owned collectives in the downtown, and a mainstay for academic types -- or just plain book lovers -- since 1976, when Gerald Ford was keeping the White House safe for Republicans.
Funky exterior side wall
By now the story is all too familiar: changing habits brought on by the Internet leave many a business high and dry. Video rental stores, record shops, travel agencies, etc.
In the case of local independent book stores it's a double whammy as they still have to deal with big box stores like the nearby Barnes & Noble, with plenty of free parking.
The adjacent business, Souper Bowl, just went out of business but may soon become home to "All Things Local" a coop local food and crafts market.
The building is owned by downtown business mogul Barry Roberts, so no doubt the book business has been afforded every opportunity to remake itself into a sustainable operation.