“It’s his happy spot,” Nancy Plaisance remarked, “and my husband would be better off here than anywhere else in the world.”
Cottonwood Books’ door stated “Open” on Friday afternoon, but only for a short while. The famous Perkins Overpass bookstore has come to an end after 37 years.
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Cottonwood Books was founded by Danny Plaisance in 1986. He has taken great pride in building his collection of new, used, and rare books over the years.
“Danny bought the bookshop with 5,000 books and increased the used section to 45,000 through donations and trade over the years,” Nancy Plaisance recalled.
The story took an unexpected turn 12 years ago when Danny was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. His wife Nancy intervened to help him run the store a few months ago, but his declining situation has forced the couple to make a difficult decision.
“As much as he would like to stay here, he’s at the bottom of the road,” Nancy said.
Without much time to try to sell the store, they decided to liquidate. On Friday and Saturday, books with melted lids were on sale for only $ 1, and hardcover books for only $ 2.
“Going through each of the rows and in each of the piles and finding that something I have been looking for for years, and it is just a pleasure in life. “I will really miss this store,” said old customer Thomas Price.
Even long after Cottonwood Books is gone, his legacy will live on through the stories told by Danny Plaisance’s clients and friends. “It was a big part of my life… this is an understatement. “If there is one thing I think I will miss, it will be my customers, no doubt,” said Danny Plaisance.
The last open day of the store will be Saturday, May 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Any remaining books will be donated to a Mississippi library.
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