Crazy Wisdom Bookstore closes in February

ANN ARBOR, me. – Downtown Ann Arbor will have one less independent bookstore in February.

Crazy Wisdom Bookstore owners Bill Zirinsky and Ruth Schekter announced that they will either sell or close the iconic bookstore on February 15, 2022, its 40th anniversary.

“A retail business is relentless – open 7 days a week, 360 days a year, and the hamster wheel aspect of HR and management issues. Our own family has grown up, we are in our 60s and ready to see a new and different horizon, ”said Zirinsky and Schekter in an update on the store’s website.

Despite the pandemic, the bookstore had a profitable year after closing their upstairs tea room, the two said.

They recognized the uniqueness of Crazy Wisdom and its impact on customers and the community.

“We and our long-standing managers and employees in the past and present are very grateful that we have had the privilege over these decades to serve people in our region who are looking for their lives – spiritually, psychologically, holistically and in relation to sustainable and conscious life. “


The two intend that the brand will continue to exist as a “beacon of consciousness”, but not as a stationary company. Instead, they will focus on the community journal Crazy Wisdom, the bi-weekly ezine, and four related websites.

Although the store will close in February, the Main Street building that houses the bookstore and tea room is not for sale. Zirinsky and Schekter own the space and plan to take some time to decide how to use it in the future.

“So, in a way, Crazy Wisdom’s bookstore operation will be ‘taking a sabbatical’ while we think about our next steps,” they said. “At the same time, we invite and encourage others with a vision younger than ourselves to step into the role of providing a safe haven for seekers and countercultural notions.

Zirinsky and Schekter are open to “serious inquiries” about buying the shop, renting it or similar ideas. You can be contacted at [email protected]


You can find the full update here.

The Crazy Wisdom Bookstore is currently open Wednesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 114 S. Main St.

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