Harvest Christian Bookstore deflects internet with customer service

By Richard Foster-Shelton Medill Reports “In these times of online stores and books that can be delivered immediately to your favorite device, one independent bookstore on the South Side of Chicago has weathered the storm by turning to a very specific demographic: Christians. Harvest Christian Bookstore, at 10600 S. Western Ave., specializes in Christian products. […]

Community-minded City Lit Books thrives despite paper-thin margins

City Lit Books exterior

By Steven Porter City Lit Books, an independent store just off Logan Square in Chicago, has been part of the neighborhood since 2012. Although it has sold more books year-over-year every month since its launch in 2012, its sales are but one measure of its success, according to owner Teresa Kirschbraun. “I do everything I […]