Del Mar: Book Works to close this summer

By Karen Billing
Staff Writer

The Book Works, at Flower Hill Promenade, will close by midsummer after 35 years in business.

Owner Lisa Stefanacci said the decision to close was made at the beginning of May when she “finally acknowledged that the bookstore couldn’t pull its own weight.”

“Running the bookstore has been a dream come true,” Stefanacci said via email. “What I’ve enjoyed most is deciding which books to buy for the store from the thousands and thousands that are published each year, and then helping customers find a great book for themselves or for a gift, using conversation and insight to help them make a great choice instead of using a computer algorithm.”

She said she does not have plans yet for what she will do next but is thankful for her faithful Book Works customers that she said have enriched her life.

“I’m grateful and inspired to have met so many people with a shared passion for reading,” Stefanacci said.


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Posted by Karen Billing on May 25, 2011. Filed under Del Mar, News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

1 Comment for “Del Mar: Book Works to close this summer”

  1. D. Doctor

    From a Yelp review. I had a similar experience, and imagine that a fair amount of business was simply driven away.

    "My family and I have gone to the Book Works for a long time and purchased numerious items there. Sadly, when the long tiime owner sold it to the new owner, things went down hill fast. The new owner has zero interpersonal skills. You would think that with a long term customer she would say hello when you walked in to the store. Nope. Just ignores me. I have never been anything but nice to her yet still I get the cold shoulder. Thankfully the old owner still works there a few days per week and the staff is great. Just stay far away from the owner, Lisa. I also actually thought it was just me she did this to, but she ignores my mom and several other people I know. Not a good way to run a business."

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