Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Street Edition a New Bookstore Brings Old Favorites Downtown

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Street Edition a New Bookstore Brings Old Favorites Downtown

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A stroll down Liberty Avenue in the Cultural District just got a little more interesting. Five years after the closing of Barnes & Noble on Smithfield Street, Downtown Pittsburgh has a new street- level bookstore.

Three weeks ago, Awesome Books opened at 929 Liberty. It's a welcome addition to a retail area that already supports several specialty comic book shops and Bradley's, a general interest bookstore on the fifth floor of Macy's.

With a stock of quality used books growing by the day, Awesome Books is becoming the kind of feisty independent that co-owners Bob Ziller and Jean McLauglin imagined for the Golden Triangle.

The store, which covers roughly 1,000 square feet, is located in a high-ceilinged, turn-of-the-century building. Mr. Ziller and Ms. McLauglin, both respected artists, have cleaned and renovated the space with $17,000 of their own money. They're also grateful for the generosity of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership. They said that much of what they're doing would not have been possible without a $10,000 grant from Project Pop Up, a revitalization initiative by Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's administration and the PDP. …

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