I made my final few purchases at what was once my favorite bookstore--Borders, Southcenter. After receiving the goodbye message from the company's president earlier this month, I wanted to walk the plush carpet of the store, before the parasitic liquidators sell that, too. It was tough looking at the faces of booksellers I've come to know over the past few years, knowing that they would be joining the ranks of the unemployed, or, more likely, underemployed. Why, even the fixtures are available for a price. The comic-book styled light fixtures were available for $500.00 per unit, with a small deposit due up front. They don't tell you whether or not you have to shimmy up there on your own ladder to pluck it from the ceiling, or if they get it for you.
Where the cafe once stood, and where I sat in comfy leather chairs slurping down countless soy-quad-mochas- is now a mini-mart of coffee and espresso paraphernalia. You can purchase industrial vats of chocolate, coffee pump-pots, mixing implements, and yes, those comfy brown leather chairs are available.
To my friends at Borders, Tukwila: Good luck to you and thanks for all your years of excellent customer service and great selection. You will be missed.