Monday, September 7, 2009

signs: DeLauer's News Stand

DeLauer's News Stand

In downtown is an icon of Oakland, DeLauer's News Stand. It's been around since 1907, though it's changed with the times. It was originally in the Tribune building, and moved once before settling in the current location in 1966. I didn't look in when I was taking this picture (I stepped over during a break at the Art and Soul Festival), but according to this article in the Tribune, it was going to close last year and be re-opened as an internet cafe. However, other articles (which I can't access fully as they're in the archives) say that it managed to survive that, and is still a going concern:
With the aid of good Samaritans and hard work, DeLauer's Super Newsstand is defying the tough economic times as well as the demise of so many businesses organized around print.

Not only did the iconic newsstand come back from the brink of extinction in 2008, but the new owners have polished up the place with shiny floors and a mini-renovation.

Anyone been there recently? What's the scoop on DeLauer's?

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