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After exactly 45 years serving as a literary, community, social and political focal point for downtown Colorado Springs, founders and owners Dick and Judy Noyes are closing The Chinook Bookshop. Its departure will leave a hole in our community life, but it will remain an indelible part of Colorado Springs history.

click to enlarge Gerald Anderson  -  - Coronado H.S. vicinity -  - Retired Army Lt. Colonel -  -  -  - What difference will it make with Chinook gone? It'll leave a huge gap. It's a prime example of the type of businesses we need downtown, but that are disappearing one by one. -  - What was so important about Chinook? One, it's locally owned. Two, it was focused on uniquely local needs. Three, it was a great place to just kind of browse around. Colorado Springs, as isolated as it is, can't afford losing a place like Chinook as much as a larger city like Denver can. -  - Describe the Chinook experience. Being a geologist, I have a keen interest in maps. I was looking all over town for a map just the other day, and even with Chinook going out of business, I was able to find that map there. -  - Where will you go now for books? Probably Amazon.com.
  • Gerald Anderson

    Coronado H.S. vicinity

    Retired Army Lt. Colonel

    What difference will it make with Chinook gone? It'll leave a huge gap. It's a prime example of the type of businesses we need downtown, but that are disappearing one by one.

    What was so important about Chinook? One, it's locally owned. Two, it was focused on uniquely local needs. Three, it was a great place to just kind of browse around. Colorado Springs, as isolated as it is, can't afford losing a place like Chinook as much as a larger city like Denver can.

    Describe the Chinook experience. Being a geologist, I have a keen interest in maps. I was looking all over town for a map just the other day, and even with Chinook going out of business, I was able to find that map there.

    Where will you go now for books? Probably Amazon.com.

click to enlarge Kristina Hall  -  - Downtown  -  - Unemployed -  -  -  - What difference will Chinook's departure make? Downtown is losing its center. Downtown will be a less interesting place. Chinook was a place for relationships, not just business. I got all my Little House on the Prairie books there when I was a kid. My first Kurt Vonnegut book came from there. -  - Where will you go now for books? I'll probably have to use chain stores because it's too far to drive to Denver more than once a month or so to use The Tattered Cover.
  • Kristina Hall

    Downtown

    Unemployed

    What difference will Chinook's departure make? Downtown is losing its center. Downtown will be a less interesting place. Chinook was a place for relationships, not just business. I got all my Little House on the Prairie books there when I was a kid. My first Kurt Vonnegut book came from there.

    Where will you go now for books? I'll probably have to use chain stores because it's too far to drive to Denver more than once a month or so to use The Tattered Cover.

click to enlarge Cate Boddington  -  - Old North End -  - Freelance editor, mom -  - Dick and Judy Noyes daughter -  -  -  - Will downtown be different without Chinook? We'll lose interaction with the Chinook staff and getting advice on what book to buy, but I'm hoping one of the other local bookstores will start filling new book orders. Chinook was a downtown focal point, a gathering point. I hate franchise bookstores like Barnes & Noble and Borders. -  - What do you think about the widespread demise of independently owned businesses like Chinook? It's the Wal-Mart-ization of America. But it's evolution, it's inevitable, and fighting it is futile. -  - What's your best Chinook experience? I met my husband of 25 years while working at the counter there years ago. I was waiting on this gorgeous man in a motorcycle hat and these enormous, long eyelashes and he asked me out. I was smitten. I know of several marriages that began with Chinook meetings, and many a romance, too. -  - Where will you go for books now? Poor Richard's, The Book Broker, other little bookstores in the area. I will not use Amazon.com, I will not go into Borders or Barnes & Noble. I'll do a lot more borrowing and sharing and using the library.
  • Cate Boddington

    Old North End

    Freelance editor, mom

    Dick and Judy Noyes daughter

    Will downtown be different without Chinook? We'll lose interaction with the Chinook staff and getting advice on what book to buy, but I'm hoping one of the other local bookstores will start filling new book orders. Chinook was a downtown focal point, a gathering point. I hate franchise bookstores like Barnes & Noble and Borders.

    What do you think about the widespread demise of independently owned businesses like Chinook? It's the Wal-Mart-ization of America. But it's evolution, it's inevitable, and fighting it is futile.

    What's your best Chinook experience? I met my husband of 25 years while working at the counter there years ago. I was waiting on this gorgeous man in a motorcycle hat and these enormous, long eyelashes and he asked me out. I was smitten. I know of several marriages that began with Chinook meetings, and many a romance, too.

    Where will you go for books now? Poor Richard's, The Book Broker, other little bookstores in the area. I will not use Amazon.com, I will not go into Borders or Barnes & Noble. I'll do a lot more borrowing and sharing and using the library.

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