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Independent businesses in Bloomington struggle to compete with online shopping and high rent

December 5th, 2019

The interior of Eric Brown’s Caveat Emptor in lined with used books that fill the air with the comforting smell of a good read. Recently, the space between the aisles doesn’t see as much foot traffic as 45-year-old owner would like.

“I don’t know that anyone really knows the identity of small business in Bloomington and the future of where it’s going to go especially downtown,” he says.

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Book Corner owner Margaret Taylor reflects on long life of her store

November 7th, 2019

Margaret Taylor sits behind a small mountain of stuffed animals that obscure her desk at the back of Book Corner. All that’s visible is a bit of gray hair. She works at her cluttered desk, chatting with anyone who approaches. Behind her is a carefully constructed display of Harry Potter books and merchandise.

Inside, bookshelves are placed throughout the open room, creating a maze of colors and genres. Taylor grew up among the books, her father owned Book Corner before her. She liked meeting the people and selling merchandise even then. Taylor said she liked living near campus.

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Bloomington shoppers uncomfortable stopping for student journalist

November 5th, 2019

I was curious to see how Bloomington residents felt about the atmosphere of shopping downtown and what motivated them to shop in the downtown area.

I went out on a Tuesday around midday hoping to catch people on their lunch break. When I arrived at Courthouse square there were plenty of people walking around and shopping. The air was cool, and the sun was out making it a very nice day.

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Bloomington shoppers like supporting the community through shopping independently

November 1st, 2019

The Courthouse Square is lined with unique and interesting shops, and four Bloomington shoppers agree the unique independent shops are what make Bloomington special, during informal interviews on Oct. 2, 2019.

All said that they appreciate the variety and sense of community that shopping in Bloomington provides.

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On the Beat – Community & Culture

October 15th, 2019


May 20, 2019

Alex Eady, WTIU

Rising rent costs in downtown Bloomington may force Caveat Emptor to move away from Courthouse Square to a less centralized location. The current owner says a new buyer may help with the financial burden of being downtown.

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Bio: Libby Grossman

Libby Grossman
Libby Grossman is a senior studying broadcast journalism and Germanic studies at Indiana University. Before deciding on pursuing journalism, she wanted to be professional flutist. Her passion for journalism started at a young age with her favorite American Girl doll Kit Kittredge. She grew up working in her family’s bookstore, and her dream is to have a book published one day. She also does portrait photography on the side. Libby is a firm believer in travel and has been to six countries and many states. If she isn’t writing or reading in her free time, you can find her rock climbing or fencing at the gym.