Owner of the Book House bookstore, at 7352 Manchester Road, Michelle Barron, has said that Red Brick Management, the owner of her building, has given her until March 1 to vacate the space in the front of the store, which is now the children’s section.
Barron is using the space behind the children’s section for storage — many boxes of cataloged books which she says isn’t a simple thing just to hire movers to move. That will have to be emptied not long after the front.
The children’s books will be moved to the basement, where additional florescent lights and shelves have been installed.
The store is planning to move books on the afternoons of Feb. 15 and 16, and is looking for volunteers. It’s also looking for storage space.
Barron said she was told that the sculpture, ‘Words into Dreams,’ in front of the store, has to be removed. The sculpture doesn’t belong to the book store; it belongs to the city of Maplewood, according to its artist, Jewell McGhee.
A representative of Red Brick said the space will be available in late spring.
The Book House is having a clearance sale to make room.