History | Downtown Walla Walla Foundation
Mike Barer posted a comment to my "Book Nook" post, commenting on the namesake for the post: The Book Nook, a business that used to exist in the Die Brucke building in downtown Walla Walla, Wa. The Book Nook was apparently around for a looong time -- the photo above purports to be a picture of its soda fountain in 1910; and the building itself was constructed in 1903. The Book Nook sold the type of general-store sundries you'd see at a drug store. It also had the sort of old-fashioned lunch counter that small retail stores used to feature, selling burgers and sandwiches. (It got very busy at lunchtime. I recall once, while working downtown, I was settled at my table with my drink when my sandwich order was called at the counter. I went up to grab my sandwich, and came back to find a woman had snatched up my full glass and was "bussing" it so that she could sit down. She protested that she thought I was finished there . . . .)
The odd part was that, apart from the usual magazine-and-paperback rack, the store didn't sell books.
Blogged with the Flock Browser