Part of a series on independent bookstores in the Twin Cities for the blog of now defunct tech startup RedCurrent, this article covers beloved bookseller Magers & Quinn in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Through interviews, I unpack the story of how a brick and mortar bookstore cum community hub has thrived in the online universe that has put big box booksellers under.
On a sunny summer afternoon made for wandering the town and book browsing, I visit Magers & Quinn — an enduring and beloved independent bookstore situated in the heart of uptown Minneapolis — and sit down with Ann Mayhew, the store’s events coordinator, and retail manager Jessi Blackstock. We’ve taken over a desk and table in the upstairs loft belonging to the B2B outreach guy, Gary; it commands a vantage point that opens to the store’s large back room below containing a well-organized sea of books. Even up here we’re surrounded by stacks and shelves of books.