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|Outwrite owner: 'Look forward to getting to a new location'|
|by Dyana Bagby|
|November 14, 2011 11:36|
It was business as usual at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffehouse this morning as employees hung flyers indicating sales on merchandise and Dolly Parton's new CD played in the background.
"The lease has a few months left on it and so we have to work quickly to sell everything we can and raise money to get to a new location," he said.
A Dec. 3 party celebrating the store's 18th anniversary will take place at the current Outwrite location.
"We've been working since May on trying to look at different plans to go forward and make it a venture to last into future," Rafshoon said of the iconic LGBT bookstore.
Rafshoon said the store has "cut to the bone" to try to save money. An immediate cut effective today — the store will no longer sell sandwiches.
Rafshoon declined to disclose how much rent Outwrite pays. He did say that the store was a "couple of months" behind on rent.
"Any model we look at states we have to find a different location. And that's tough because we love this location and the community loves this location," he added.
Miranda Jacobus, who has worked at Outwrite for two years, said she was a "little surprised" at the news this morning and hopes the store will find a new location in Midtown.
"We all love that we are at the corner of gay and gay but will have the same merchandise, the same people, the same community base," she said.
"We'll make it," she added. "Home is where the heart is."
Rafshoon said he has looked at some other locations but is still seeking a new home.
"This has been a home to our community for a long time. I work here every day. There are other bookstores that have moved. We moved once and didn't think that was possible," he said. "There are opportunities out there."
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