It was evening. The soft pre-sunset light made the familiar cityscape mysterious. The bright colors of a sunny summer day were gone, replaced by a subdued pastel color scheme. We were about to finish our walk when the brightly lit windows caught our attention.
Behind the hospitable open door, we saw walls with hanging pictures, bookshelves, a shabby carpet on the floor, and a sweet-sleeping cat on this carpet. Perhaps we would have passed by if it hadn't been for that cat.
The open door turned out to be the door of the "Union of Printers" bookstore. Such a name seems to be appropriate for a bookshop, but in this case the toponymic story is even more interesting: the street, in which the store is located, is called "Soyuz Pechatnikov" ("Union of Printers Street"). This is the name the street received in Soviet times. Earlier this street was called Trade Street. That is, an analysis of the toponymy allows us to make an unambiguous conclusion: this place is ideal for trade in printed publications.
@qwerrie stayed with the bike near the entrance while I enthusiastically photographed the cat, the piano, the painting, and everything else that caught my eye. I was in a hurry, I tried to get a few shots as quickly as possible so that @qwerrie wouldn't have to wait too long for me. The salesman noticed that I was in a hurry and offered to take the bike inside so we wouldn't have to worry about its safety.
We happily took the opportunity to explore the contents of the bookshelves in detail. @qwerrie even bought one edition of classic literature. Perhaps he'll tell us about that purchase later when he's finished reading.
This small store is more than just a retail outlet. It hosts exhibitions and concerts. We brought our business cards with us to find out about upcoming events.
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