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Crazy Wisdom Bookstore and Tea Room, 114 S. Main St. in Ann Arbor on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021.Jacob Hamilton | The Ann Arbor News
ANN ARBOR, MI — Crazy Wisdom Bookstore is closing permanently early next year due to the “relentlessness” of a retail business, its owners said.
“Our own family has grown up, and we’re in our 60s, and we’re ready to look out upon a new and different horizon,” Bill Zirinsky and Ruth Schekter, bookstore owners, wrote on Facebook. “The bookstore had a very profitable year (due to having closed the tea room at the onset of the pandemic), and that’s not a bad way to go out.”
The bookstore at 114 S. Main St., plans to close on Feb. 15, the evening of its 40th anniversary, the pair said.
“We know that Crazy Wisdom has been a unique destination and special bookstore in our region, and treasured by its friends and customers,” the owners wrote. “We and our longtime managers and staff, past and present, have so much gratitude for having had the privilege over these decades to serve people in our region who are searching in their lives – spiritually, psychologically, holistically, and in terms of sustainable and conscious living.”
The the building itself, which Zirinsky and Schekter own, is not for sale, they said, adding that they are, however, open to selling the bookstore or renting the space.
And though the store is closing, Zirinsky and Schekter said they plan to expand the print and digital version of “The Crazy Wisdom Community Journal,” as well as the “Crazy Wisdom Biweekly Ezine,” which launched 18 months ago.
“So, in a sense, Crazy Wisdom’s bookstore operation will go ‘on sabbatical’ as we consider our next steps,” the pair wrote. “At the same time, we invite and encourage others with a vision, younger than ourselves, to step into the role of providing a safe haven for seekers and countercultural imaginings.”
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