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Old January 10, 2019, 10:51 AM
Dien Rice Dien Rice is offline
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Default Bookstore in Tokyo charges $13 for admission!

When Amazon started, many physical book stores struggled... The Borders chain closed its doors for good...

Now... A Tokyo bookstore is even charging a $13 entrance fee just to go in!

However, they stock their bookstore with unusual and rare books - and only have one copy of each in stock.

They put up a book-related exhibition in their lobby - so in that way, it's a little bit like a mini-museum...

They have a cafe with - can you believe it - free coffee and green tea!

They sell meals and desserts there too (the meals and desserts aren't free though)...

It also has a library-like set up, so you can sit down and read to your heart's content...



This is a new concept... I hope it works! I'd love it if a bookstore like this opened near me... Yeah, I'd probably pay the entrance fee (but I'd make sure I'd get my money's worth in coffee)!

This New Tokyo Bookstore Charges a $13 Admission Fee
https://www.cntraveler.com/story/new...-admission-fee

Bunkitsu bookstore in tokyo charges a fee to access its curated collection of books
https://www.designboom.com/architect...yo-12-21-2018/

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Dien
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Old January 10, 2019, 12:50 PM
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Default We need one here in Cuyahoga Falls.

I'm in.

We are in the beginning of a downtown renewal, and there are some spaces available.

Perhaps a Seeds Of Wisdom book store/coffee house?

Maybe specialize in out of print, older books, or the little known, arcane, somewhat off the beaten path type. FREE coffee...cool beans.

AND a small stage for evening performers/poets/or even workshops. A couple of "study rooms" to rent out, and a place to broadcast from, webinars, weekly shows.

My friend in AshEville, N.C. used to broadcast a weekly show from a little store, now the local WHOLE FOODS, so there are many possible revenue streams with something like this.

Let's put a biz plan together and shop it around and use OPM to establish a prototype, one of a 100 SOW coffee houses across USA/OZ/EUROPE, EH?

Our legacy?

FREE coffee and rare books.

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Old January 10, 2019, 04:58 PM
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Default Tokyo has Horrific SMOG Dien

Thanks Dien,

I thought for sure the bookstore
would also offer OXYGEN!

There are already retail shops
where all they sell is 5 minutes of Pure Oxygen.

Might be a good Joint Venture
btwn the two stores.

Glenn
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Old January 11, 2019, 09:03 AM
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Default Also need a seminar room, for...

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I'm in.

We are in the beginning of a downtown renewal, and there are some spaces available.

Perhaps a Seeds Of Wisdom book store/coffee house?

Maybe specialize in out of print, older books, or the little known, arcane, somewhat off the beaten path type. FREE coffee...cool beans.

AND a small stage for evening performers/poets/or even workshops. A couple of "study rooms" to rent out, and a place to broadcast from, webinars, weekly shows.

My friend in AshEville, N.C. used to broadcast a weekly show from a little store, now the local WHOLE FOODS, so there are many possible revenue streams with something like this.

Let's put a biz plan together and shop it around and use OPM to establish a prototype, one of a 100 SOW coffee houses across USA/OZ/EUROPE, EH?

Our legacy?

FREE coffee and rare books.
Sounds like a great idea, Gordon!

We also need a seminar room out back where people can learn the Square One Workshops...!

Best wishes,

Dien
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Old January 11, 2019, 09:07 AM
Dien Rice Dien Rice is offline
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Default I wonder if they could help medically too...?

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Thanks Dien,

I thought for sure the bookstore
would also offer OXYGEN!

There are already retail shops
where all they sell is 5 minutes of Pure Oxygen.

Might be a good Joint Venture
btwn the two stores.
Hi Glenn,

Great idea!

On a more serious note... One of my late father's cousins is in his 80s. He needs a tank of oxygen to be able to live. It means it's very hard (basically impossible) for him to move around... (He still has a very active life on Facebook, though, and participates in church services, for example, via the internet...)

I wonder if "oxygen bars" could help people like him?

It's a serious thought...

Best wishes,

Dien
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