A Michigan original, Borders Books and Music. One of my favorite joints to hang out through the entire 90s decade. Originally from Ann Arbor, MI, they started off as a small store by brothers Tom and Louis Borders while they were attending the University of Michigan, and long story short, it snowballed into a global conglomerate.
Fast forward to the second decade of the 21st century:
The smartphone and tablet phenomena had picked up steam in the then-recent years prior to 2011, the MP3 player had already taken off in the late 90s, and when the iPod debuted, the writing was on the wall. Downloads were the thing, which meant bookstores were dwindling in sales, albums were following suit, and so on and so forth!
Borders, despite monumental fanfare, was not exempt from such an inevitable fate.
You’d think that they’d kept the flagship store open, but that’s just my wishful thinking.
I have had the pleasure and privilege of going to many Borders Books and Music stores for the better part of 20 years. I’ve been to locations that were originally second hand joints converted into Borders, I’ve seen some built from the ground up, I’ve been in stores that were the size of one or two houses in the inner-city combined, heck, I’ve been in some high-end Borders that were three stories tall and had a basement!
Time will not allow me to embellish entirely my history with Borders, but the atmosphere was indescribable, you just couldn’t put words into it.
To conclude for now, let’s just say that the company had gotten “too big for its britches”. And the electronic boom began to skyrocket, Borders began closing store after store after store, until what was leftover was liquidated to its former competitor, Barnes & Noble, and it seems that BN is about to suffer a similar fate, but unlike the former bookstore, the latter still remains.
Does anyone remember having both a Borders and Amazon account simultaneously?
So do I.