Beloved Businesses in Transition
Common Language is closing and Bagel Fragel has lost its lease.
When a Tumblr post encouraging people to order from the struggling Common Language Bookstore went viral last spring, husbands Keith Orr and Martin Contreras thought at first that the Internet might save their small LGBT bookstore from the very problems it had created for them.
"We got some really nice online sales, and we thought 'Oh, this is gonna do it for us,'" says Orr. But the bump subsided, and they found themselves back where they started, with a beloved but increasingly unsustainable business.
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