I well remember the Eeyore’s on Broadway and 79th Street, a a warm and cozy store with absolutely lovely employees. At the time I was a lowly teacher who loved children’s books (and a lapsed illustrator) with no connections otherwise to the children’s book world. I just liked visiting the store. There were often fantastic seasonal paintings on the windows that were done by employee Brian Selznick (who also came to my school to read his first children’s book, The Houdini Box).
Very sadly, the stores both closed and sometime later Nora Ephron honored the Westside one in the film “You’ve Got Mail.” My good friend Roxanne Feldman (aka fairrosa) worked at the Eastside store (before I knew) her and has clued me in on all the prominent industry folk who worked there. They have a yearly reunion; this year was the 15th and a lovely tribute is in PW. Read it to see what all those remarkable Eeeyore’s folks have been doing. Eeyore’s Alums Look Back – 10/2/2008 – Publishers Weekly