McLean and Eakin Book Sellers store front on June 18, 2021. Photo by Connor Desilets. As summer weather and reduced COVID-19 restrictions begin pulling everyone back outside, businesses, especially small businesses, are seeing a long awaited comeback. One such business is McLean and Eakin Booksellers in Petoskey.
McLean and Eakin is the type of bookstore you might picture in your head when thinking of a small town bookstore. The warm lighting, creaky wooden floors, and the smell of books in the air makes for the perfect book shopping atmosphere.
Curious Book Shop in East Lansing has been in business for more than 40 years. It is a rare success in the bookselling business when many are closing shop. On December 31, East Lansing’s Barnes and Noble will shut down for good. Add to that the recent liquidation of Ann Arbor based bookseller, Borders, some are wondering about the future of bookstores. Ray Walsh has been the sole owner of Curious Book Shop since 1973.
By Cortni Moore and Shanacee Shreve
Entirely East Lansing staff writers
EAST LANSING — Barnes & Noble Booksellers’ East Grand River Avenue location is closing. Dec. 31. Unsuspecting customers like Alli Cochran were shocked to hear the news. “I had no idea the store was closing.