AlternateBookShop

pic1981-1982 Yellow Pages Ad

Located first in the GreenLantern building, then relocated to The Turret.

EmeraldGibson purchased the bookstore from TommyBurns under an agreement drawn up by DavidGray. He ran the bookstore, located in The Turret building, until he closed it because he was unable to find a suitable location in 1983.

The July 1982 issue of MakingWaves has an ad, "The Alternate Book Shop" 1588 Barrington St (not the GreenLantern address?) "where serving you is a pleasure"

He advertised in such magazine as the Body Politic and the telephone book in the yellow pages. EmeraldGibson's sister worked there among his partners at the times and friends who filled in to give him a break. He stocked recently released gay paperbacks and magazines that came directly from the publisher stateside.

The bookstore when EmeraldGibson owned it took on many different changes and paint jobs, he always said the chasnge brought in new business and customers becuase of it's location not being on the main street.

picEmeraldGibson at the shop, ca. 1980

picRandyKennedy at the shop, ca. 1980

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