Somewhere, somehow, someone is up to no good... It has recently come to our attention that there are fraudulent bank checks being mailed to people throughout the country with our name and return address on the postage labels.. Argh.. Each envelope contains a bogus check (they look very real) with a letter explaining its purpose having to do with 'Secret Shopping' at Wal-Mart. These mailings did not come from Barbara's and we have no knowledge of the origins of this fraudulent activity.
Rest assured that we have reported this to the authorities and no Barbara's customer data (of which we collect and/or store none) was compromised.
Should you receive one of these mailings, know that they did not come from Barbara's Bookstore and are as phony as a toupee with a chin-strap.
Mishaps and Misery
Donald Barliant has owned Barbara's Bookstores since the late 1960's. He tells here the story of Barbara's and the turbulent, changing times in which the business grew up, thrived and sometimes just survived.
This is Chapter Two.
The original Barbara's at 1434 Wells Street in Old Town was in an ancient three-story with two apartments above the store. When I came to Barbara's in the late 60s, we expanded to the second floor, built a steep and precarious staircase in the middle of the store to get to it, and used the new space for a little more book store and an office.