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Arts & Entertainment - April 2, 2010

A bookstore becomes a stage and gallery

Struggling in the recession, Know Knew Books tries to woo customers with concerts, readings, visual art

by Karla Kane

For 22 years, Know Knew Books on Palo Alto's California Avenue has been stuffed with used books of all shapes and sizes, along with CDs, records and assorted literary merchandise. Loyal customers drop by to browse and schmooze, but in these turbulent economic times, it isn't enough.

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Posted by Richard, a resident of Evergreen Park
on Apr 2, 2010 at 7:39 pm

The article "A bookstore becomes a stage and gallery" mentions an upcoming event involving Gerry Hiken at the Know Knew Books store on April 10. According to Bill, the owner of the store, this event has been canceled due to an illness. Mr. Hiken does intend to do a performance at a later date.

Posted by greedy landlords, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 2, 2010 at 7:59 pm

The reason that low overhead stores like this have such a hard time succeeding in Palo Alto is that greedy landlords are charging too much for rents. Even these days when so many storefronts are empty, landlords would rather keep them empty than lower their rents a little.

Posted by Bill Burruss, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 3, 2010 at 10:31 am

I hope that you all enjoy this awesome article. Gerry Hiken has to cancel until a later date due to illness. So no Gerry on April 10th. I'm sure he will recover and be performing his act in the near future. Please keep in touch. My thanks to all, and come by and introduce yourselves. Karla Kane rules...

Posted by Anita, a resident of another community
on Apr 4, 2010 at 6:14 pm

To know Bill, to know his store is a lifelong love affair. Bill can't help but provide a friendly environment. I have nothing but support and admiration for him, his work, friends and family. Continued success for another 22 years! If not, there's always Oregon =0)

Posted by Know some survivors, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 5, 2010 at 2:37 pm

Many of the institutions of retail in town are in locations owned by the business - they are their landlord, they are their management, they and 25% or more of their staff. Their health care funding is in the register, with their house payment and groceries.
Remember this for US when making buying decisions.

Posted by Know some survivors, a resident of Midtown
on Apr 5, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Sorry - s/b "they are 25% or more of their staff"

Posted by julia lazar, a resident of another community
on Apr 7, 2010 at 9:31 am

I've been to some great events there and always love to see the artwork and window display.
Keep going guys!
It's working....

Posted by A shout out to the community!, a resident of Gunn High School
on Apr 14, 2010 at 9:45 pm

Love to see the break dancers there kicking up the dust...keeps the place clean and fresh!!! Go dancers!!! Thank you Bill!

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