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Updated Jun 13, 2014 - 2:18 pm

Final Word: Big-box bookstores dying but maybe indies can survive

(Facebook Photo/Changing Hands Bookstore)

Are bookstores dead?

You might think so, with the closures of so many of the large chain stores in recent years in Phoenix. Barnes and Noble just announced that its store in the Ahwatukee village in southeast Phoenix is closing Aug. 2.

The Borders at Scottsdale Fashion Square, Mesa and the Biltmore closed a few years ago.

I used to love a lazy bookstore night. I would wander around, pick up books I thought I might like to read, drink coffee, peruse calendars. Those nights were the best.

I don't have much time for that anymore, but if I did, where would I go? Wait ... is that a NEW bookstore uptown?

It might as well be a unicorn, but it's true. Changing Hands Bookstore has opened a spot at Third Avenue and Camelback Road in Phoenix.

Changing Hands is a bookstore (new and used ones) that has been in Tempe for what seems like forever. The new store will sell more than books -- it will have beer and wine, too, at its First Draft bar.

Aha. Now we have it. Do you need to sell alcohol to get people to look at your books?

Maybe. And if so, fine. I think book stores are good for us, as individuals and as a community. If it takes a tap behind the cash register, so be it.

I can't wait to check out the new Changing Hands.

Long live the bookstore.

And, of course, wine.

About the Author

Karie Dozer is host of Arizona's Noon News.

She has been an on-air personality nearly continually since her college days. She loves radio because it is intelligent, immediate and almost always available.

She is the youngest of nine children from a Midwestern Catholic family where she learned to be heard, fight for a place at the table and find humor in almost everything. She was hired as a news intern while a senior at ASU's Cronkite School, and found that covering human stories like the OJ Simpson white Bronco chase and the 1992-93 Phoenix Suns was too much fun to pass up.

She loved life in the newsroom with all the action and crazy personalities to go with it. She anchored and covered some sports too, until politics dragged her away. She served as press secretary for Arizona's Attorney General Grant Woods for a five-year stint before jumping back to radio on a part-time basis. Three years ago she got back in the biz on a more regular basis as a midday host on what is now KTAR News. She has a passion for the breaking news of the moment, education, local politics, great food, sports and fitness. She has trouble turning down a good argument, a good book or a good glass of wine.

In her spare time she takes care of her boys, (husband Rich, son Jack, and yellow lab Buddy,) and bakes awesome chocolate chip cookies. She enjoys the quality of life the Valley offers her family and the natural beauty of Arizona. Her favorite places are golf courses, her own kitchen, the city of Flagstaff, and wherever her family is.

She considers herself lucky to work with the amazingly talented people of KTAR radio.


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