Rochester’s Sad Day

Dec. 31, 2014 was a sad day for Rochester. Our beautiful downtown B&N bookstore was closed; the new property owner didn’t want to renew their contract. It’s many local people’s favorite place. Even the characters in my YA novel, Jin-Ling’s Two Left Feet, loved hanging out here.

I wish we could, somehow, keep the store there. All we have left is our memories and photos.












About Helen C

A retired computer programmer who loves writing and photographing, and has managed to publish a YA novel "Jin-Ling’s Two Left".
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30 Responses to Rochester’s Sad Day

  1. Cee Neuner says:

    I know it is sad to see book stores closing all over the place. 🙂 Your photos are fabulous.

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  2. WalMart mentality. Squeeze out the smaller vendors/retailers. Sad, indeed.

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    • Helen C says:

      A premier steakhouse and Rochester icon, Michael’s Restaurant, is closed too. They said the restaurant will come back. They said it’s good for the city. I hope so. Helen


  3. loisajay says:

    Helen–your B&N was beautiful! I feel your pain. Ours is right up the street from my house and that is my lunchtime getaway, my weekend getaway…I would miss it, too. So very sorry…

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  4. Mother Hen says:

    A beautiful building! It will indeed be a loss to the community..

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  5. dunelight says:

    It looked like a magical place. I’m sorry for your loss.

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  6. No like here, except for maybe the photos. Sad to here, Helen.

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  7. treerabold says:

    I hate to see book stores closing. It is happening way too often. The large B&N downtown Fort Worth closed last year…it truly makes me sad.
    I have never seen a B&N as beautiful as yours! I too would love spending hours in such a building!
    Your photos are great!

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  8. mrsbearfoot says:

    What a shame! That is the nicest B&N store I have ever seen.

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  9. joannesisco says:

    What a beautiful location! It is a shame when well known fixtures disappear.

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    • Helen C says:

      Good morning, Joanne. I don’t know what will happen to the fixtures. I will let you know when I find out. I thought it has some historical value. I hope they feel the same way. Helen


      • joannesisco says:

        Toronto has recently had a similar issue with a 114 year old landmark building downtown. There has been a huge outcry because it was demolished on the weekend while certain groups were trying to get it designated as a protected historical building.
        Unfortunately Toronto isn’t known for being ‘forward thinking’ 😦 It’s all about the money.

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  10. Amy says:

    Such a beautiful building via you lens, Helen! I remember visiting BN regularly, didn’t seem that long time ago…

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  11. Crooked Tracks says:

    That is very sad. I visited that bookstore several times.

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  12. Dalo 2013 says:

    What a cool looking place ~ nothing quite like a local bookstore to feel at home… Beautiful shots Helen, and a bit strange to see a mass market bookseller leaving such a prime location.

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