So long, Borders
Days after the big-box retailer announced it was going into Chapter 11, Borders sent out an e-mail to Greensboro members announcing a clearance sale at its High Point Road beginning on Feb. 19. Over the years, the store had become a cultural anchor of sorts for southwest Greensboro and Jamestown — an area whose demographic is both more multicultural and more modest income than the Friendly Center, where rival Barnes & Nobles does its trade. The café at Borders was once home to an informal salon where notables such as Imam Badi Ali, editor Hal Sieber, two-time city council candidate Tonya Clinkscale and others could be found discussing literature, politics and poetry on any given day. Borders will clearly be missed, but there’s still the Glenwood Community Book Shop a small nook lovingly operated by Al Brilliant not far away (See Crashing the Gate, page TK). It’s easy to forget that in the 1990s big-box bookstores were loathed as corporate behemoths driving the independents out of business. In that sense, perhaps Borders’ demise offers an opportunity.
Same design, new location
Design Archives closed its Tate Street store on the commercial strip near UNCG two days before Valentines Day. The boutique operated by Kit Rodenbough has announced it will reopen as Design Archives Vintage & Handmade at 342 S. Elm St. in Greensboro on March 4, taking up residence in the space formerly occupied by Ellenburg & Shaffer glass studio. The move brings Rodenbough closer to her former location on East Washington Street.