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June has not been the best of months for the Little Rock retail scene. Two weeks ago I wrote about Open House closing its doors later this summer. This time, the sad news involves Tyler & Tyler Booksellers, the wonderful independent bookstore in North Little Rock’s Park Hill neighborhood, and So Shoe Me, the independent shoe store in the Heights.
First, Tyler & Tyler. After five years, owner Mike Tyler will be closing the shop as soon as he’s sold off his remaining inventory.
Which is all marked down to half price.
So you should go, soon.
When I stopped by last week, the shelves were still pretty full, so there’s ample opportunity to stock up on classics you’ve always wanted to read, or new releases you didn’t want to pay $25 for, or just a fun cookbook or beach novel. It’s a great chance to do some early Christmas shopping too — books won’t go bad sitting in the back of the closet for six months, and you’ll have plenty of time to read them yourself first if you want. It took me a full hour to work my way through everything, and I could have spent way more money than I did. I picked up a stack of children’s books, a birthday present for my history-buff dad, a hard-back copy of Susannah Clarke’s latest (she’s best known for “Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell”) and a couple of other assorted things. It’s absolutely worth the trip, even if (gasp) you have to cross the river to get there.
The store is located at JFK Boulevard and G Street, tucked behind Paul’s Restaurant.
So Shoe Me is also closing after five years — the last two at 1819 N. Grant St. in the Heights. Owner Suzanne Brandon said she’s ready for a job that’s a little less all-encompassing. All clothes and shoes are marked down, and prices are getting lower just about every day, she said. She’s planning to close for good by the end of next month, so don’t dawdle. Official hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, but the sale’s been going well enough that Brandon’s staying open later a lot of nights.
And now, news about a sale at a store that’s staying open. Ten Thousand Villages (305 President Clinton Ave. in the River Market) is having a “World Caravan Sale” Thursday, June 28, through Saturday, July 7. (In case you’re not familiar, Ten Thousand Villages is a non-profit, fair-trade store that sells handmade home decor, jewelry and other items from around the world.) Store personnel didn’t know in advance what exactly would be marked down, but a postcard announcing the sale promises savings of up to 75 percent. I’ve got my fingers crossed for a blue and green hammock I’ve been eyeing since last summer, but there’s plenty of other interesting and exotic merchandise to choose from.