I'm using a bookmark from a store I visited on my cross-country bike tour in 2002, The Worm in Prescott, Arizona. On a whim I Googled the place tonight. Sadly, it closed a couple of years ago after more than 40 years in business.
What about Books on the Square in Granbury, Texas, another store I visited that spring? A quick search revealed that it too has closed.
Both stores seemed to have a good flow of paying customers when I visited, but a lot--mostly bad--has happened in the bookselling world in the past decade.
Tonight I am feeling even more grateful than usual for our local bookshop, the Book Cellar in Lincoln Square.