|Updated: 12/31/2013 10:40 am
||Published: 12/31/2013 10:35 am
A beloved local bookstore will close for good on Tuesday evening.
On Monday, FOX23 found customers racing to get their hands on a piece of Tulsa’s history.
Steve's Sundry is closing for good, but before they do the owner has a message for Tulsans who shop local.
The store is almost empty, bare book racks and empty soda fountain chairs waiting to be purchased.
Steve’s has been in Tulsa since 1958.
“A lot of customers are saying ‘well, why are you closing? We used to come in here all the time.’ Well, ‘used to’ does not equate to a business's bottom line," said store owner Joanie Stephenson.
The internet took a big bite out of local bookstores like Steve’s and left them scrambling to make it up.
“The internet definitely took a hit on our business. Amazon, I’m not a big fan," she said.
To give Tulsa one more chance to own a piece of history, the owner is selling off everything in sight.
“It's cash only sale so no credit or debit cards,” she said.
One of the more valuable items is the store's beloved soda fountain.
Thousands have enjoyed a cold drink after perusing through the latest books.
“I'm looking for a good home and I’ve got lots of Tulsa businesses who I am working with and hopefully we will find a good home for it and once we do Tulsa will know exactly where the soda fountain will land," she said.
In the meantime, Stephenson has a message for Tulsans:
“So, Tulsa - if there is a business out there, a locally owned business that you love that you haven't been in a while, you need to go in and pay them for their services," she said.