Iconic Tulsa bookstore closes its doors

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Updated: 12/24/2013 8:46 pm Published: 12/24/2013 8:45 pm

On Christmas Eve, shoppers packed into Steve’s Sundry in midtown Tulsa one last time.

After 66 years in business, the iconic bookstore and soda shop closed its doors for good.

Since 1947, the store has been selling books and magazines but over the years, the store added calendars, candy, milkshakes and sandwiches. The egg salad was always a fan-favorite.

Suzie Dillon has been working at Steve’s for nearly three decades.
“[I’m] sad,” she said. “It's been a part of my life for 29 years, so it's going to be rough."

She says if anything is to blame for the store’s closure, it’s technology.

“Electronics have taken over and you can't battle the Internet,” she said. “People don't buy books anymore. They read it on their Nooks and technology wins."

In September, owner Joanie Stephenson explained to Fox23 that it was a tough decision to close the store, but it made the most fiscal sense.

Employees like Dillon say it’s the customers she will miss the most. 

“It's an awesome place. I'll miss the people the most. That's what’s going to be the hardest.”

Customers like Suzanne Bloomfield who made it a point to come to Steve’s a few times a month.

“They’ve become the fabric of our lives and we want to thank them,” Bloomfield said. “We will miss them.”

While the last official day of business was Christmas Eve, the store will be open the weekend after Christmas to sell all remaining merchandise and fixtures. The vintage soda fountain will also be for sale.

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Mayor Maynot - 12/25/2013 3:05 AM
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Steves :-) I used to go there for Mimi. She wanted ciggaretts and Tylenol. She passed on quite some time ago. By Mimi
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