Op.Cit Books opens a Taos branch

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When Taos’ Moby Dick­ens Book­shop closed the first week of July, cus­tomers were left with a go­ing-out-of-busi­ness sign on a locked front door. A sta­ple of his­toric Bent Street for more than three decades, Moby Dick­ens was orig­i­nally opened by Art and Su­san Bachrach on prop­erty owned by Polly Raye. In 2012 the Bachrachs sold the busi­ness to Jay and Carolyn Moore, who moved to Taos to run the store. The Moores’ rea­sons for the clo­sure, stated in a video in­ter­view for The Taos News, in­cluded com­pe­ti­tion from Ama­zon, fickle tourist book-buy­ing pat­terns, and con­tro­ver­sial in­creased park­ing me­ter costs on Bent Street. Now, just six weeks later, the store is set to re­open with new own­ers. On Aug. 15, Noemi de Bodisco, owner of Op.Cit Books in Santa Fe and Tome on the Range in Las Ve­gas, will be­gin op­er­at­ing the shop as Op.Cit Taos. Due to out­stand­ing le­gal is­sues re­lated to the previous own­ers, she can­not use the name Moby Dick­ens at this time, but hopes to be able to in the fu­ture. De Bodisco has wanted to open a book­store in Taos for many years, so when she heard the store had closed, she called Raye and signed a lease. Em­ploy­ees who used to work for the Bachrachs are be­ing re­hired. Op.Cit Taos will have the same busi­ness model as Op.Cit in Santa Fe, and now Tome on the Range, which de Bodisco bought in 2013. The stock will in­clude new, used, and re­main­dered books, spe­cial or­ders, and space for self­pub­lished au­thors to dis­play and sell their books. “But ev­ery store is dif­fer­ent,” she told Pasatiempo. “Ev­ery store de­pends on the com­mu­nity. The first thing we’ll do is get feed­back from the Taos com­mu­nity about what’s needed. We ex­pect things to be very hec­tic for the first month, and on the first week­end we might be cal­cu­lat­ing sales by hand, but we re­ally want to get the place open quickly so that peo­ple don’t think it’s been aban­doned.” — Jen­nifer Levin

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