The perfect bookstore…

…has a name: Decadence.

This is not another one of my bookstore-of-the-future/how-to-save-brick-and-mortar-stores posts. This is about a bookstore I dreamed up while writing The Proviso four years ago, the one that spawned the previous bookstore posts. Specifically, it’s Giselle’s bookstore, which was torched, causing her to have to reboot her life at the grand ol’ age of 30 by going to law school. (Because that’s what everybody does when they have to reboot their lives, right? Right?)

This bookstore was in the River Market area of Kansas City, Missouri, and most closely resembles this building:

(In the spring and summer when the trees and flowers are in full bloom, it’s gorgeous.)

Giselle describes it this way:

I owned a bookstore for seven years […] I shared space with a patisserie on one side of me and a confectionery on the other. Maisy and Coco weren’t my business partners, exactly; we just figured if we knocked down our walls and unified our décor, we’d all make more money and it worked. […] Decadence wasn’t a bookstore with food. It was a destination. I stocked romance novels of all kinds. Couple that with Maisy’s gourmet chocolates and wine, and Coco’s pastries, the events we put on every weekend… I was doing very well; we all were. I was never going to be independently wealthy, but I made a lot of money doing something I loved.

I’ve been percolating this post for a long time, and after many, many Twitter discussions on the relationship between independent brick-and-mortar booksellers and the romance genre (not good) versus Borders’ and Barnes & Nobles’ willingness to step in where the independent booksellers won’t (but Borders, the more romance-friendly store, went bye-bye), I decided to do yet another perfect bookstore post.

Behold, my real idea of the perfect bookstore:

And I still think this combination of products and location would make some serious bank. (Add an Espresso machine in the basement…) (A used books section on the second floor…) (Events at lunch and on the weekends…)


  • MoJo

    June 15, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    PS You will note there are no special GLBT or race sections. If it’s romance, it’s romance. It gets shelved by subgenre and then author, like everything else.

  • L.K. Rigel (likari)

    June 15, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Put me on the mailing list for the event calendar!

  • Edie

    June 16, 2011 at 4:13 am

    Me too!!
    Wants! You should move to Melbourne, and open it, I will be your most loyal customer. 😀

  • gerette

    June 16, 2011 at 8:54 am

    I might move to KS for a store like that!

  • gerette

    June 16, 2011 at 8:55 am

    I told a potential client about your dream store a few months back because her product (amazingly decadent cookie treats called Oralgasms) would have been a perfect item for Decadence to sell.

  • Dhympna

    June 20, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    You had me at sci fi section and wine and cheese.

  • Evangeline Holland

    June 20, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    And add a few computers set up to automatically go to romance review blogs and websites like AAR, DA, SBTB, Wendy the Super Librarian, the Good, the Bad, and the Unread, etc etc.

  • Evangeline Holland

    June 20, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    I just thought of this as I hit “submit”–and have the computers set up so customers can buy e-books for their various devices.

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