Ninth Street Bookstore Closing
"I think that's sad. I think the strong point in Columbia has been the individualized stores," regular customer Joan Bay said.
Bay can't get enough of the toys at Ninth Street Bookstore.
"I'll probably have enough toys for my kids for birthdays and Christmas all combined," she said.
But soon she'll have to get her fun fix somewhere else. The store is closing after five years of business, citing high rent and competition as reasons to close.
Bay said she thinks small stores, that already have to deal with chain stores, are having to deal with online shopping adding to the competition.
"I guess that's what happens with mass media. Mass-selling of things, I guess," Bay said.
Skip Ducharme, owner of Lakota Coffee, said bookstores aren't the only ones fighting for a piece of the pie.
"I counted them up one day. If you go three blocks north, east, south, west in any direction I think you'll find 13 shops that sell specialty coffee," Ducharme said.
While coffee shops like Lakota seem to keep brewing, Ninth Street Bookstore is in its final chapter.