Shopping cart is empty.

Birchbark Blog

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.


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
Post a Comment!

Canoe Family

Recent PostsRSS


The Royal Prussian Library Education Easter Island H2Oil Patrick O'Brian adventure Michael Jackson boarding school Our Knowledge Is Not Primitive Pembina health care reform italy show your love The Blue Sky Beth Dooley Milkweed Press Light in August Ice Fireworks 2666 Keeping Heart on Pine Ridge Canada Empire of the Summer Moon customers The Ojibwe The Resilient Gardener The Farmer's Daughter Jim Harrison city of books favorite tree Bleak House S.C. Gwynne twins post holiday Peak Water fresh water Love Czech Writer Gary Clement Small Bookstores as Commons spring The Birchbark House knowledge ptsd buffalo National Book Award NACDI:All My Relations euphoria Aza mississippi Alice Munro gratitude School Gardens friends germany gardens Climate Change birchbark house series Dartmouth devoted customers Bohumil Hrabal Rare Books Nero The Porcupine Year Master Butchers Singing Club favorite book aquifer Mankato Powwow Philip Roth plants Peak Oil Book Review coyote Anton Treuer Botany post holiday reads ependent Hilary Mantel Islam Victory Gardens Stephen Salisbury Up Late Again Tar Sands solstice, Thomas King photography Louise Greenland Keepers of the Trees thanks Remarkable Trees Collective Denial Dogs Wolf Hall The Transition Handbook Minneapolis Ojibwe Wendy Makoons Geniusz Poetry bill mckibben language revitalization Gryphon Press cafe local economy Anishinabe Too Much Happiness Bill Moyers Journal The Game of Silence Interview Kate DiCamillo State Troopers Unnatural Disasters neighborhood Women and Trees favorite dog incarnation sweden ireland japan Too Loud A Solitude how good looking you are support Alan Weisman Chitra Divakaruni Hillary Clinton Tree Houses Vic Glover Kenwood Gardens The Wealth of Nature anniversary france peculiar touches of green and gold Let's Take the Long Way Home north dakota Native Arts Afghanistan Ha Jin William Trevor Gail Caldwell Ojibwemowin Aubrey/Maturin pilgrims Crushing Books Population More Remarkable Trees the most romantic city in the world President Obama Keystone XL Minnesota World on the Edge china Native People The Round House Roberto Bolano Emily Johnson Nemesis Wastepaper graphix thank you friends E.L. Doctorow green book and dinner club Guthrie Theater monkey in a dryer Zombies cafe closing Brown Dog Catalyst This Green World British Navy Kabul Anishinabemowin Chickadee joy tree books trees leaves and snow Birchbark Books Video Green Team Makoons Mohamed's Ghosts Magers and Quinn