The bookstores known today as Paperbacks Plus and Lucky Dog Books opened in downtown Mesquite in 1974.
Click here to read the beginning of a history that chronicles the early
years from 1973-1984 and/or here to read a story that ran in
the Mesquite News about our 40th anniversary event and/or
here for a feature published
in the Sunday, September 8, 2013, edition of
The Dallas Morning News with 4 photos including the one below by Kye R. Lee (taken during the Lochwood years on Garland Road before our move to Casa Linda Plaza in the summer of 2017 and our subsequent move to 10534 Garland Road in the summer of 2018).
And another short video
from the Lakewood years.
Here is a link to the KERA 90.1 FM radio show that aired June 9, 2014, featuring several local bookstores including Lucky Dog Books.
We hope that everyone who got one or more
of our $5 Mini Gift Certificates during last weekend's event
enjoys using them.
Now that more of you are familiar with this innovative use of our bookmarks as Mini Gift Certificates, we'd like
to encourage you
to imagine new
uses for them.
These as well as our regular paper gift certificates for larger denominations are available at
either bookstore or
through this website.
See the column to the
far right for links to
pages with all of
our options along
with some of our
ideas for them.
We need folks like you to create/host events at our bookstore in East Dallas where we have a public space/lounge area.
Whether ongoing or one time occurences,
readings, workshops, chat groups, book clubs, or other sorts of social circles would be welcome
Things we would especially like to see happen here would include a poetry night, a chess club, and discussion groups around science news or public radio content from KERA-FM, and a young readers book club.
We have a lot of opportunities right now with many open slots on our weekly/monthly calendar.
Please drop us an email if you are interested.
WORDS & MUSIC
AT THE BOOKSTORE
When not on the road with musical partner Steve Hughes,
teaches beginning and advanced
guitar and songwriting to students of all ages at Lucky Dog Books in East Dallas and elsewhere. Listen to her here or wherever you find her playing.
WITH JACKSON ELI
Jackson studied music at UNT in Denton, Texas, and teaches students of all ages and interests at Lucky Dog Books in East Dallas and elsewhere. Info? Text Jackson at 214.566.7828
East Dallas News:
Happy Hour for Readers
Enjoy free refreshments
Lucky Dog Books
in East Dallas
Get One of Our
Many Cold Beverages
Or A Cup Of One Of Our
Dozen+ Coffee Flavors
& A Couple Of Our Several
Varieties Of Tasty Cookies
Stop in on your way
home from work,
meet up with friends
and talk books/etc in
our lounge area, or
have a browsing party.
Younger readers are very important to the bookstores. We want to encourage you to encourage them to read. So keep us in mind as a pretty inexpensive, quieter than average place to spend some time with your child, grandchild, niece or nephew.
Not Every Other
Conversational Spanish Meetup
We have a friendly group that gets together for informal conversation in our comfortable meeting space/large "living room". They are taking a break for the summer, but when they are back, have some coffee or a soft drink and some tasty cookies along with some conversation.
...AND...we continue to get in amazing collections of books, DVDs, CDs, etc.
Check out our Facebook page for pictures of some of the recent arrivals.
Buy A Bookstore?
We've been doing this for over 40 years and are wondering if it's time to let someone else give it a try at one or both locations? A younger couple? A neighborhood co-op? Please click here if you or someone you know may be interested in this.
Or here to see an interesting variation that we would be glad to entertain.
We think there are a lot of opportunities for us to work together to benefit neighborhood schools and their students.
Here is link to some ideas about this. Please feel free to contact us if you think of other ways we might be helpful.
We still use good old fashioned paper gift certificates here at the bookstores which provide some advantages over the new fangled gift cards.
Our gift certificates can be personalized right on them. Their layout includes a log of their usage so that it is always clear what the remaining balance is. And the store locations are shown on them so that your recipient doesn't have to look them up.
Click the links above to get more details and even purchase some online if you prefer.
Please be aware that you can give a reader in your life a monthly subscription to the bookstores that will provide them with the number of $5 off Mini-Gift Certificates that fits your budget. And you'll only pay for it each month as it happens through Paypal with the ability to cancel anytime.
Or consider subscribing to the bookstores today as a way of expressing your committment to their future while enjoying the full value of your participation through the monthly receipt of our Mini-Gift Certificates.
Start a cafe?
Each bookstore has room for some sort of cafe. We'd like to find the right folks for each location to get one going.
Click here to pursue this idea.
Comics & Manga
Also, many new, used, and
out-of-print titles by local
DVD, VHS, Laser...
CDs, LPs, 45s, 78s, Cassettes, 8-Track Tapes...
We've compiled a map of Dallas area bookstores past and present
that you might like to check out. Let us know of others that
should be added.