Bookstores Going The Way Of The Dodo

Poor variety of reading materials on dead trees limited to the shop’s selection plus high cost make bookstores going the way of record store.

Borders is leaving and there aren’t many bookstores selling new titles on the Monterey Peninsula, but the survivors aren’t leaving.

Among the surviving purveyors of books is The Works on Lighthouse Avenue in Pacific Grove. “We’re still here,” said Robert Marcum, who owns and operates the store with his wife, Leela.

Marcum said business isn’t as good as it was when he opened six years ago. He attributes that decline mostly to the recession. He won’t say business is great.

“It’s still OK,” he said.

The Marcums bought the 2,400 square-foot store, then called Bookworks, reduced the space for books to about 1,200 square feet and expanded the tea-coffeehouse portion. It’s also part gallery.

Marcum also took the very word “Book” out of the shops name. New titles can be found at Costco with a less biased selection.

Bookstores Going The Way Of The Dodo

Some People Like Cupcakes Better

I For One Care Less For Them*

$3 cupcakes. Is that crazy or what? At least it fills a vacant storefront in the ghost town 800 block in New Monterey.


People freak for her Red Velvet and go gaga for her “over the top” Oreo. This summer she’s planning on seasonal s’mores and lime margarita editions and a strawberry-strawberry number built on P.G. Farmers Market fruit. The boutique will sell 15 flavors a day from 11am-10pm – a single is $3, a box of six $15 and a dozen $30 – and though she isn’t zoned to brew coffee, she will have chilled drinks and joe delivered.

Some People Like Cupcakes Better

*RIP Frank Zappa