Uptown’s Abraxus bookstore to close

Posted on January 19th, 2011 by Editor


Abraxus Books at 524 1st Ave. N. in Lower Queen Anne is due to close. The bookstore opened at the current location in June of 2009, transferring from Ballard where they operated for seven years.

The store is holding a  50 percent off sale for all their used books.

Photo taken from Abraxus’s Facebook page.

Owner declined to comment about the closing and the closing date, but we will update you when we have more information.

Update 1/19 9:30 a.m.: After hearing the news yesterday we reached out to local literary rock star and Library Journal 2011 Librarian of the Year Nancy Pearl (who is a fan of Abraxus Books on Facebook) for comment. “The closure of any independent bookstore – new or used – is a sad event for the reading community,” she wrote to us this morning.


  • Lizzy

    I was just in Abraxus, and I asked when they were supposed to “vacate” and the man said February 12. He said that apartments were being constructed there–which probably means the other businesses on either side (I think a restaurant and such) are probably going to close, too. He seemed rather unhappy.

  • Lizzy

    I was just in Abraxus, and I asked when they were supposed to “vacate” and the man said February 12. He said that apartments were being constructed there–which probably means the other businesses on either side (I think a restaurant and such) are probably going to close, too. He seemed rather unhappy.

  • Thanks for the tip Lizzy! We’ll dig into this more and see what we can find.

  • Thanks for the tip Lizzy! We’ll dig into this more and see what we can find.

  • Kate

    Yeah, looks like the health store next door is closing too. In the other vacant property on the end, I saw a sign for a Rummage sale however…

  • Kate

    Yeah, looks like the health store next door is closing too. In the other vacant property on the end, I saw a sign for a Rummage sale however…

  • Hi Kate,

    Thanks for the info! I’m working on a follow-up story on this. In the meantime, however, here’s so more info on the rummage sale. It’s a separate event, a fundraiser to redevelop Lower Kinnear Park by the volunteers at FOLKpark and the Uptown Alliance:

    http://www.queenanneview.com/2011/01/24/folkpark-hosting-rummage-sale-to-benefit-lower-kinnear-park-looking-for-community-donations/

    Thea

  • Hi Kate,

    Thanks for the info! I’m working on a follow-up story on this. In the meantime, however, here’s so more info on the rummage sale. It’s a separate event, a fundraiser to redevelop Lower Kinnear Park by the volunteers at FOLKpark and the Uptown Alliance:

    http://www.queenanneview.com/2011/01/24/folkpark-hosting-rummage-sale-to-benefit-lower-kinnear-park-looking-for-community-donations/

    Thea