Are you up for the job of leading one of Tucson's most wonderful feminist and literary sanctuaries? Antigone Books (411 N. 4th Ave.) is up for grabs.
Here's the email Antigone's subscribers received last night, in its entirety:
The two of us have owned Antigone Books for more than 25 years, happy to
be part of Antigone's long (43 year) history. It's been an absolutely fabulous time, surrounded as we've been by great staff, great customers, wonderful books and assorted miscellany.
It's getting to be time for us to pass the baton! Hard as it is even for us to believe, we are ready to begin a careful search for a new owner or owners
who will be a great match for the store. Might that person be you or someone you know?
There's no rush on this process. We'll be continuing with business as usual at
the store, meanwhile taking our time to look for the perfect person or persons.
Decades of choosing and curating the stock, recommending books, and meeting wonderful customers have given us both richly satisfying lives.
Now - more than anything - we want this store that has given us so much
to have a new chapter with fresh leadership. The store needs someone who is ready to meet the challenges and opportunities of running a bookstore while preserving the heart and soul of Antigone Books.
The business is quite healthy; in fact, it has never been better. Gross sales and profits have consistently increased over the past five years, and the community couldn't be more supportive. The store is profitable, debt-free (always has been), and the most entertaining, enlightening and sociable retail atmosphere you could ask for.
We are getting help in our search from an organization with a long history of helping independent bookstores. Donna and Mark at Paz & Associates will answer questions about the store, so if you or someone you know is interested in learning more details, please contact them at 904-277-2664 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the meantime, we cannot thank you enough for all the support you've given to the store. It is because of you that Antigone Books has blossomed in Tucson.
Kate and Trudy
I've never wanted to take out a business loan more.