Jim Holmes at Bookworm Exchange is giving his notice:
I recently received an email from Jim Holmes, owner of Bookworm Exchange: "After six years of struggle and almost no pay, I will most likely be closing up in March," he writes. "People in the South end of Seattle are not inclined to support a local bookstore." Rent is $35,000 for 2,000 square feet. He has three part-time employees working a total of thirty hours a week. Holmes works the other thirty for free. "At the end of the year, hardly anything is left over for myself."