Crowdfunding campaign saves Couth Buzzard Books from April closure

The owner is working out how to stay open long-term.

Shelves and displays full of books at Couth Buzzard Books in Greenwood

Couth Buzzard Books has been around for over three decades.

Photo via Couth Buzzard Books and Espresso Buono Cafe

Read it and weep — for joy. Not long after beloved Couth Buzzard Books in Greenwood announced it would likely close in April due to financial struggles, the community and its fans stepped up.

A GoFundMe campaign called Save the Couth Buzzard more than doubled its initial goal of $15,000 and has nearly reached a new $50,000 milestone. That’s enough money to cover the shop’s expenses for a while.

Seattleites have long flocked to Couth Buzzard since it opened in 1988.It later moved a few blocks south to its current spot at 8310 Greenwood Ave. with an in-house cafe. It’s a cozy atmosphere for browsing, but the space also hosts yoga classes, community gatherings, and even small concerts.

In fact, there will soon be a private fundraising show with acts that have performed at Couth in the past. The owner is also working on a longer term plan to keep those pages turning for years to come.

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