Poor Richard's Books & Gifts Best Of

Best Of 2015: Non-Chain Book Store

Best Of 2015: Place to Buy a Thoughtful, Inexpensive Gift

Best Of 2015: LGBT-Friendly Business

How you see Poor Richard's probably depends on how long you've been in town. Founder and co-owner Richard Skorman notes that the store was a meeting place for LGBT groups in the wake of the statewide passage of anti-gay Amendment 2 in 1992. Skorman stuck his neck out at a time when doing so was actually dangerous, and he faced down death threats because of it. Skorman's wife and the current co-owner of the store, Patricia Seator, remembers being scared during those times, though she didn't get heavily involved in the business until more recently. Those who came to town after the mid-2000s are probably more familiar with the Poor Richard's that Seator helped create — the café, gift shop and new façade are based on her design input. So is the paring down of the used book store, and the addition of new books to the inventory. — J. Adrian Stanley


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