Henry David Thoreau once said “The library is a wilderness of books.”
Perhaps the same might be said of a bookstore, and of one such store in particular: Thrifty Joe's Books & Music, a Glendale fixture since 1993. It offers a wilderness of gently used books, records, CDs, DVDs, Blu-Rays, video games and more to suit every taste and every age.
Independently and locally owned and operated, Thrifty Joe’s has been a community mainstay for nearly a quarter century. The store is truly a survivor, continuing to prosper through the coming (and going) of big box outfits like Borders and Barnes & Noble, and the advent of the digital behemoth Amazon.
Thrifty Joe’s has survived by providing an interesting and varied selection, selective quality, a unique shopping experience and personalized service. Online shopping offers convenience – but it can’t replace the joy of browsing and the thrill of discovering a hidden gem while idly wandering past shelves of titles. Thrifty Joe’s has been welcoming more than a generation of loyal customers who consider the cozy place to be a sort of home away from home.
Now the business begins a new chapter. Founding owner Jan Lehrack has retired and sold the business to Dan and Cathy, long-time Glendale residents and two of the store’s earliest and most loyal customers.
“Jan has done so much to make Thrifty Joe's a Glendale mainstay,” said Cathy Krznarich. “Hers is a tough act to follow, but Dan and I are truly committed to continuing the Thrifty Joe's tradition as a loyal member and friend of the Glendale community.”
A few changes and upgrades are already in the works. “We are expanding the children’s area and reorganizing the store layout a bit for easier browsing. We will continue to offer outstanding selection, quality and value in used books, and we’ll add a selection of newly published titles to the mix of our quality used books. Some exciting special events are in the planning stage as well,” she added. “Most importantly we want to be an active member of the Glendale community.”
Come visit us to see our progress!
tHRIFTY JOE'S BOOKS & mUSIC Northwest Corner of 59th avenue & Bell 5932 W. BELL ROAD SUITE D-101 GLENDALE, ARIZONA 85308 602-547-2540