As Kyle Porter, author of the online story, said:
Independent bookstores are closing all over the country.The good news is that two in this Minnesota area are still alive. The Bookcase is the oldest independent bookstore in the Twin Cities. One reason it survives is because it’s next to one of the first original Caribou Coffee shops. They also offer a wider selection than most other stores. (On a side note, I thought it funny that earlier this month The Bookcase hosted the author of “How Starbucks Saved My Life.”)
Uncle Hugo’s and Uncle Edgar’s in Minneapolis specializes in Mystery and Science Fiction novels. The owner admits it’s tough, but they, too, hang in by having a huge selection: around 10,000 volumes.
Besides having a large selection, both stores give a lot of personal service to their clients.
I, personally, like independents. They tend to know their books. It’s been my experience that if I go into an independent and ask for an author or a protagonist or a book similar to some other series they take me to the bookshelves and offer suggestions - rather than boot up the store computer.