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|Former Radio Jock Wants to Open New Galesburg Bookstore
|It hasn't been the easiest of lives for a Galesburg man who's tried to make a living for years as a radio D.J., but says he's ready to try something new with the help of the public.
Ben Stone started his radio life as a D.J. for Galesburg Broadcasting Company station 92.7FM WLSR "The Laser" and went on to stints in Peoria, the Quad Cities, and Springfield. But Stone, who's real name is Ben Stomberg, says after his Springfield show was canned in favor of something not actually local, he was looking for something to do. That's when he moved back to Galesburg, and decided he wanted to open up a book store.
Stomberg tells WGIL he came to that conclusion, in a roundabout way, after another bookstore closed.
"When Waldenbooks closed in the mall I was kind of in a panic and buying as many low-priced as I could and crying myself to sleep at night over the lack of book stores in Galesburg and I suddenly realized that I could open a book store, maybe, okay it wasn't a sudden realization, it was more like a self-questioning can you and arguing with myself for a month and going through the steps and trying to do it."
Those steps, Stomberg says, included contacting the Galesburg Entrepreneurship Center, whom he's currently working with to develop a business plan. As of right now, Stomberg says he wants the store he's calling "Stone Alley Books and Collectibles" in downtown Galesburg, and plans on selling books and vinyl records, along with having coffee and pastries and a reading room.
Stomberg is currently circulating petitions that will ultimately help him decide whether the efforts are worth it. You can find the petition online by CLICKING HERE.
|04 21 09 by Newsroom
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