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Cafe con Libros, 724 Prospect


  • edited October 2017
    They seem to have missed their original goal of opening in August: go
  • One manager's favorite book is The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks. Weird hours: 7am to 6pm during the week?
  • My fiancee formerly worked with the owner, who is an amazing human being. Please patronize her business, which is focused on enriching the community, especially children. Their first book club meeting is next week. Stop in to see what they'll be discussing next!
  • If she doesn't already have it, I'd happily give her my copy of Rosie Revere Engineer or Ada Twist Scientist, for parents to read to their kids while there. Loved reading it to my daughter (and son) and explaining the real lessons in them.
  • I believe I saw a copy of Ada Twist Scientist there, yet I imagine more copies would be appreciated. The children's section is to the right, as you enter. Follow on Instagram: cafeconlibros_bk. Kalima just posted that Kindred, by Octavia Butler, is next book they'll be reading in their community book club.
  • I noticed Hullabaloo Books on Franklin Ave was closed for part of January with a plan to re-open as a store that will specialize in books about social justice. I wonder if that's an answer to Cafe Con Libros.
  • Hullabaloo books? Can that even be considered a book store? They don't pay their employees, have used books but won't accept other old ones by donation or for a few bucks (like Unameable on Vanderbilt). And correct me if I'm wrong but all the books are full price. There's no book club or community anything. About time they realized that they're business model needed to be changed.
  • @yesbrooklyn i think that's a brilliant business model!! Don't pay employees, somehow get used books for free but sell them at full's brilliant....if you really just care to make the most money in the least ethical way! I'm SHOCKED at who the owner is! /s
  • Hullabaloo didn't sell used books at full price, but usually more than 1/2 price and I think that's steep for used books. Their biggest problem - from a customer perspective - was their wildly inconsistent hours. Hadn't heard that they didn't pay employees. Anyways, good luck to Cafe Con Libros. I hope they prove that a store with books can succeed in our neighborhood.
  • oH MY! I believe the "employees" are called volunteers, and as far as I know they are not forced labor! The cart outside is often pay what you will or a buck. AND yES! It can be called a book store if it sells books. Its not that hard to figure out, just open your mind.
  • That's really unfortunate that Hullabaloo couldn't hire employees and needed to rely on volunteers - as well as handouts for the used book inventory. They obviously had some capital if they were stocking new books. From what I could tell when I walked by last night, the store is being cleared out. I'm not so sure their social justice bookstore is happening at all, as it's already missed its intended opening date by three weeks.
  • Is Hullabaloo for profit? I think people's problem with it is that it's in pretty prime real estate, had the funds to relocate, customizes to presumably be profitable, but meanwhile gets much of its inventory and labor for free. How do they pay their rent? They took over space from the pharmacy (a for profit business) so presumably they pay rent. Is it just a community service? I don't like the idea of a privatized library and this resembles that idea.
  • edited February 7
    I perceive Hullabaloo as best described as a "Hobby" of the owner. It can't really be analyzed in terms of "how is rent paid? Where is the ROI?"
  • Perhaps a “mission” or “passion” rather than a “hobby”?
  • I might describe Cafe Con Libros in that way, but Hullabaloo falls short.
  • whynot, I misread the context of your comment... I was in fact referring to Cafe Con Libros.
  • FYI, Jewel City took over Hullabaloos space . saw people with yoga mats and a few books on the nearly empty shelves.
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