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100 Per Cent Friends

Louise Erdrich - Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Dear Friends,

I remember the ravishing day that we opened the new door between our little bookstore and Kenwood Cafe.  Since that day, we have had a true partnership.  I'd like to thank Catherine and Jeff for cooking special theme meals for our book club, for lending their hearts to causes and showing movies like H2Oil, for caring about writers, supporting art, and for bringing us the puppy dog tail (a gloriously rich cinnamony dough topped with devilish cream-sweet frosting).

A place like the Kenwood Cafe becomes so quickly a given, a community treasure, that everyone loses sight of the fact that its existence is based on dollars.  Kenwood Cafe is closing, probably for good.  We will miss everyone who worked there as friends; we will miss you in a larger sense as a real place in this great big boxy franchised world.

In that light, thank you customers, visitors, patrons.  This year we noticed how many of you chose to buy books from us, or gifts, and to support our always tenuous existence.  Everyone who worked through the holiday season was touched in some way by the decisions you made to support us.   Truly, we felt the love!

We are hoping that your generosity will help us make it through those lean days when there's no latte and not a puppy dog tail to be had next door.

Thanks again, chi miigwech 

We wouldn't be here without you.


Louise  

Comments
Cheryl commented on 05-Jan-2012 11:51 PM
The cafe will be sadly missed. :-( Over the past several years my Daughter & I enjoyed NUMEROUS Saturday afternoon outings from our homes in northeast minneapolis to the deli/cafe for their fabulous design-your-own sandwiches & fun selection of bottled
beverages... along with a browse through your wonderful bookstore.... We are both saddened by this news about the cafe. It won't however mean the end of our book store visits! We love your store!
Jennifer commented on 13-Apr-2012 01:49 PM
Louise, I have been working on my North Dakota family heritage. So much has been lost, twisted and misunderstood over the generations. I found that my Great,Great and Great Grandfather taught at the Sisseton-Wahpeton Indian School throughout the early
1900's. I have read that your ancestory originated there as well, and that your parents were teachers there also. I am an aspiring writer and "healer" in my family. I have so much respect for you, your journey and what you have done with your life. Do you
have any speaking engagements in the Denver, Colorado area? Many thanks for all of your inspiration, Jennifer
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