Neighbors Bookstore says farewell |

Neighbors Bookstore says farewell

Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily TribuneChuck and Carol Bloch find bargains while the Dream Spirit Baroque Band plays Saturday during the closing of Neighbors Bookstore in the Village Center.

Neighbors Bookstore closed its doors on its last day of business Saturday, but it went out in style.

Owner Michael Stroschein greeted people at the door with a green-and-white, “Cat in the Hat”-style hat.

Along with live music from Dream Spirit Baroque Band, free raffles took place every 45 minutes, and complimentary food and beverages were served.

Lise St. Andre came to the farewell party with her daughter and granddaughter. She said she popped in a lot with her granddaughter to look at the children’s books.

“We used to support them,” St. Andre said. “We believe in supporting local businesses.”

Many locals showed up for the party.

Corrine Strauss used to work with Stroschein at Kirkwood years ago. Strauss said it’s a bummer he didn’t get more support from the community.

St. Andre agreed.

“It says a lot about the community if it can’t support one bookstore,” she said.

The store, in the Raley’s-anchored Village Center, had been open for four years and had a staff of eight. Stroschein said in an earlier interview that the store hadn’t covered its overhead costs since the second year of operation.

Neighbors was known for its regular weekend book signings and children’s storytimes, and even organized a “zombie walk” in October that drew dozens of participants.

Marcus Ashley Galleries is set to move into Neighbors’ spot at the shopping center.

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