The man behind the stack of books at Books and Company has sold his interest in the popular downtown book store, coffee shop and arts and entertainment venue.
Jim Brinkman, who opened the store in 1993, has announced that his right hand person Owen Lubbers will be taking over. In his “final goodbye” e-mail sent out Jan. 7, Brinkman notes the store has been “quite successful both financially and helped me to find out who I was. So thanks to everyone in the past. Onward we go. To the future.”
Lubbers has been at Books and Company for 12 years so he “knows the ropes,” says Brinkman. The bookstore on Third Avenue has a vast selection of books, magazines and calendars but also provides a meeting place and an area both in Cafe Voltaire and Artspace upstairs where musical and theatrical performances are held and where local artists can display their work.