New trend? Indie presses and nonprofits are opening bookstores. Locally, in Salinas, the National Steinbeck Center’s museum store looks essentially like a bookstore. Writer John Sealy explains how various pressures and needs can impel an independent press in that direction:
In the case of Milkweed Editions, much of the decision for opening a bookstore had to do with space. In 2000, the press joined the Loft Literary Center and the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. The three organizations were tired of rising rents and living office-to-office in downtown Minneapolis, so they raised several million dollars in grants and donations and bought a building on an under-developed stretch of land near the Mississippi River.