MILWWAUKEE — Closing in on 30 years of business in 2021, when the pandemic hit, Downtown Books wasn't sure how it would survive in 2020.
"It looked like it was going to be disastrous. As of a matter of fact, we had a couple of really bad weeks where we had to close for a while," says Keith Pajot, owner of Downtown Books.
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Luckily for book lovers and Keith, the bad chapter was short-lived and a plot twist emerged.
"Business has been okay, you know, and I think book sales are holding up. The COVID crisis I think has actually helped us because people are having more time to read staying home, and buying books," says Keith.
With an endless selection of books, music, and movies, it's hard to walk out empty-handed. But if you need to let go of some books, to make room for more, Keith is always looking to buy.
"My supply depends on a lot of charity book sales and libraries. Since those libraries have been closed, I've had to depend more on house calls where I go to people's houses and buy books," says Keith.
Whether you're wanting to take a trip, master a game, or expand your horizons; Downtown Books has something for you. That is, unless you're a mouse, then you may have problems with security, also known as Milo the cat.
Open every day, Keith, Milo, and thousands of stories are waiting for you at Downtown Books.