Having Lost Its La Vista Home, Paperbacks Plus Makes a Move to, Where Else, Oak Cliff

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I haven't been to Paperback Plus's La Vista location in about, oh, two months or so, when I picked up a copy of Schutze's book ... for Schutze, who collects such things. But a Friend of Unfair Park says it's gone -- has been for two weeks. That's because the shopping center in which the used bookstore sits was sold February 1 to Austin-based SL Lakewood LP, according to Dallas County records, and the owners of the East Dallas mainstay couldn't reach an agreement with the new owners. So that's that. There, at least.

But our Friend directs us to the Lucky Dog Books' website, where on Friday it was announced that the bookstore's found a new home at 633 W. Davis in Oak Cliff, of course. Says the announcement: "It will take a couple of weeks for some interior work to be done before we can start in earnest to get it ready inside, but as you can see, there is some stuff to do outside as well while this is happening." I called over there today, and word is they hope to have the doors open in about a month or so. And, of course: "The store on Garland Road's up and running, and the store on Mesquite's still there." But, as Oak Cliff People notes this morning, neither one of those is across the street from Bolsa Mercado.

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John
John

Thanks for the mention Robert. Hope things go well in your new gig. Just a couple of clarifications so that misunderstandings are minimized:

The building that used to house our store on La Vista was not sold as part of the surrounding shopping center (all the sales happened back in September and October actually with only the recording at the county being done at the later date).

It was we at the bookstore who DID reach an agreement with the folks from Stonelake to sell our building to them after they had already bought the center facing Skillman that adjoins our old space.

It is our understanding that our old building is not being torn down any time in the near future, but rather has been gutted to make way for a major modernization to suit a tenant when one is found. Whether Matt's will be able to create a patio atmosphere somehow will be interesting to observe.

It seems that they will utilize about 800 square feet of the 6115 La Vista building that abuts the old Consignment Solutions space on the La Vista side of both buildings. Maybe they can make one there in what was back in the 50's originally an open space to service the area they are about to occupy.

On the Oak Cliff location, it may be closer to April 1st before we are able to be open since we will not formally have access to the inside until March 1st. We are looking forward to what should be an interesting environment to inhabit, both in terms of the Davis street space itself as well as in this storied neighborhood.

As they say, "Stay tuned for further developments!" Good luck all, John Tilton, Lucky Dog Books & Paperbacks Plus.

 

youtalkin'tome?
youtalkin'tome?

Welcome to the Dallas Observer, Mr.Wilonsky! Wonderful article, as i'm sure, there are many more like it to come! Once again, welcome.

Downtown_worker
Downtown_worker

Hmmm.... interesting chain reaction that starts with Mi Cocina entering Lakewood and resulting in Oak Cliff becoming even more desirable. 

Christine Rogers
Christine Rogers

As Casa Linda-ish dweller, I would like to point out that the Garland Rd. store IS next door to Casa Linda Bakery AND a stone's throw from Goodfriend and Good2Go Taco.

Matthew Gunter
Matthew Gunter

Since Matts is going into the old Consignment Shop (which is now in the old X-Max location), are we to assume they're going to tear down the old Paperbacks Plus building to put in a patio for Matts? I can't imagine Matts agreeing to that location without a patio, even if La Calle Doce makes much better food than Matts Rancho Martinez.

Bfreed08
Bfreed08

Actually that will be a new location. The east Dallas store is now in Garland Rd next to a bakery.

Robert Wilonsky
Robert Wilonsky

 Indeed -- hence the change in headline to be more accurate.

Willie
Willie

It's hard to do bad Tex-Mex, but Matt's consistently pulls it off.  Haven't set foot there in ages.

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