WEBSTER GROVES, MO (KPRL) – For more than 50 years it's been a book lover’s paradise in old Webster Groves. But after this coming Saturday it will be no more.
For 51 years it`s been the corner klatch with the quiet spots for soaking in a good book.
Ann Foy/Owner Webster Groves Book Shop: “When my husband and I first me we were both big readers and loved bookstores and that`s what we thought we wanted to do”.
Natalie Sheetz and Julie Robinson first opened the Webster Groves book shop in 1965.
By 1985, Ann Foy, became a fixture there and in 1999 she and her late husband Robert bought the shop because they loved opening books and opening minds, not because the book business was going to make them millionaires.
“No not at all. You do it because you love it and you love the people”.
Ernest Hemmingway said there is no friend as loyal as a book.
This corner store filled with photos of family members and extended family, all taken by her husband Robert.
“Those children are now grown; some of them married and they still come in and show their friends the pictures”.
A hidden door held a secret closet with more books and children`s toys.
“The store was the wood and the lantern lights and actually the dim lighting just really made it comfortable”.
For 51 years memories were created and adventures began at the corner of Lockwood and Gore.
Come Saturday, they`ll say goodbye and close the doors for good. And a new chapter begins for Ann Foy and this street corner.
“How much joy they gave me. Yeah, and that they were the store.”
“It was a two way street and they weren`t customers, they were friends.”