Borders, which entered bankruptcy protection earlier this year, has announced, at the age of 40, that it's going out of business. I knew Borders back when it was a single store in Ann Arbor, only 8 years old. Then it grew to be nationwide. I rejoiced in being able to attend a concert in Dallas in 1993 at the Borders there, and feel at home. And now I can only be saddened that it's the next best thing to gone. I went into Borders #1 last weekend, and provided a "learning experience" for a young man who was working his 3rd day. I wish him luck.
It joins Drake's (candy shop) and Schoolkids (Records) as establishments that have defined what Ann Arbor has meant to me that have since disappeared.
I fear to rejoice too loudly in the few establishments which still exist for fear of the humor of the Fates.
- Tags:books, borders
- Music:The whirring of the A/C and the beating of my heart.