Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Schwartz's social profit statement is almost legendary in the book business. My friend Carol H. (and I don't think she would be upset if I noted this) has a copy of the same broadside that was made by Coffee House Press for Schwartz's 75 anniversary in her office at Harvard Bookstore as I do in both of mine (home and work). I bet she's not the only one.
In addition to Eric and Mrs. Schwartz, with whom I shared numerous crunchy tuna sandwiches from Heinemann's, in the painting there is also Mrs. Schwartz's customer and friend, Min Kleiger. I hope I spelled her last name correctly--she is one of my fondest memories from my first couple of years at Schwartz, when I worked on the floor at the Iron Block store.
Kleiger was an early lesson in what a customer relationship could be. She loved us; we loved her; everyone loved books. In the words of Ina Garten, how easy is that?
So we're at the close of this post; I'm not going to speculate on what David Schwartz thought of the store. Who am I kidding? Of course I am. I'm told by folks, including Carol G., that he would have would like it. Rebecca S. has told me more than once that he would be delighted with the curated look of our vestibule. I know there are certain parts that would drive him crazy. But the idea that I look at his social profit statement every day? I think he'd be just fine with that.
This time I link to the Buffalo News, since I like Buffalo and especially Talking Leaves Books.
Posted by Daniel Goldin at 2:36 PM