These days anything goes in the book world! And the song, Anything Goes, was what was playing today when I first stepped foot in St. Louis’s newest bookstore called All on the Same Page. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend their grand opening today at 10am, and I’m so glad I did. So, I decided to write my essay quick for you.
All on the Same Page Bookstore is located at 11052 Olive Blvd in Creve Coeur across the street from the Shell Station in part of the old Racket Man store, near the far right of the shopping center.
I say anything goes because not far down the road is where a Borders store just closed down a few weeks ago. People say book sales are down and want to blame the internet and Ebooks, but that didn’t stop Robin Tidwell and her family from bringing a fresh new community bookstore to the neighborhood. Books just keep getting better and reinventing themselves, and it’s nice to see little bookstores like AOTSP reinventing the classic community bookstore. And that’s exactly what this place is.
Local celebrities were present today to help kick off the event. Special guests included the author of Cutting the Game: Inside Television Baseball from the Director’s Chair and former professional baseball player Tom Mee, Jr., as well as former Cardinal player and current broadcaster Al Hrabosky. People were definitely lined up to meet them both and get signed copies. Yep, that’s both of them to the left of Robin and her husband in the ribbon cutting photo. My friend who attended the ceremony today with me even helped Al pick out a book for his grandchild.
Speaking of kids’ books, when you walk into the store you are immediately greeted by a quaint little nook to your right for kids. I say it’s quaint because there’s a little table and chairs for the kids, and the bordering shelves are also at kids’ height. There was a great selection and all kids’ books are just $1.00 each. Yep! One buck! The store will also be having special holiday story times
The rest of the store is a long narrow space with narrow shelves lining the outer walls, with quads of smaller shelves in the middle dividing the store into sections with reading nooks in between. To the left, you start with a Local Author Section, Classics, Travel, an excellent Biography selection, Cooking, some Young Adult, Humor, and even Textbooks. This turns into Fiction and Mystery which takes up the rest of the left side until you get to the back.