Friday, December 11, 2009

Lambda Rising, DC's gay bookstore, closes at the end of 2009

Lambda Rising, a gay bookstore chain in Washington DC and Rehoboth Beach DE, announced Dec. 4 that it will close at the end of 2009. The store’s own account is here.

It was founded in 1974 by Deacon Maccubbin and the founder, 66, says that it is time to “move on.” It was not totally clear why the business simply was not sold; it seemed to be holding its own despite competition from the chains and Amazon because of its specialty stock.

Just Nov. 16, the Washington Blade was closed by the bankruptcy of its holding company, although its employees have re-phoenixed it as DC Agenda. On Tues. Nov. 17 Lambda Rising was one of the first places I checked on foot to find out what was going on.

In Dallas, where I lived in the 1980s, the Crossroads Market, at Cedar Springs and Throckmorton in Oak Lawn, apparently closed in February 2009 (link)

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