, a new used bookstore that claims to be "somewhere between Berkeley and Paris" but is actually at 3213-15 Cherokee Street, will be holding a preview night on Friday, January 15, which will feature artwork by two local artists (well, one local and one once-local). The bookstore will open for good the second week in February. Maybe.
In addition to books, ranging from antique to almost-new, The Archive will sell furniture and curiosities. "We have a lot of busts," says Amber Dover, one of the store's four co-owners. "We have a lot of Chopin and different composers and, I think, Dwight Eisenhower."
Dover and her co-owners also plan to compile a permanent archive of Cherokee Street history, hence the store's name.
"We want to be a community gathering space," says Dover. "One side of the store will be changeably open. We want to have art and live music." And, unlike many establishments on Cherokee, it will be open late.
Friday's show, which runs from 6 till 10, will feature Hudson River landscapes by Jenna Bauer
, a former St. Louisan who moved to New York last fall, and Joseph Cornell
-like boxes by Chris Vodicka, who still lives here.
Dover, her husband Tom Freeman and two friends, Steven Hoffmann and Mike Pagano, decided to open the bookstore back in October. Hoffmann had spent eight years working for a rare book collector, and the group had managed to amass a large collection of books to sell. They have so many books now, Dover says, that they only have room to display about half their inventory in the store.
The collection is an eclectic one, though heavy on philosophy, history and art. The owners haven't yet decided on a policy for buying books from customers.
"We have other big plans," Dover says, "but I probably shouldn't talk about them."