I loved Shinders newsstands in the Twin Cities. They had everything from obscure comics to foreign newspapers and magazines to niche hobby magazines to the latest true-crime books to goofy candy. Nothing in Seattle was like them.
But on my last trip to Minnesota, my friend Bob and I went to the Maplewood Shinders, and it looked like the story was going out of business. Half the shelves were empty and what was there was on sale. I'm not that surprised that trip will turn out to be my last Shinders trip ever.
The Strib has a good piece on the troubling fall of the store's owner.