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.
$3 or Less
ALL ITEMS AT
LUCKY DOG OAKCLIFF
ARE $3 OR LESS!
DVD & CD
$3 OR LESS
Check in at that bookstore
for more details.
New Store Hours
(In Oak Cliff Only)
Noon to 9pm
We'd like to announce that Lucky Dog Books at 911 W. Jefferson Boulevard in Oak Cliff has been acquired by a new company called Lucky Dog Books Company as of November 1st, 2018.
The new owner is younger, will bring on some new staff members, and has some different ideas to try to better serve this neighborhood.
We have enjoyed the last 6 years here in Oak Cliff and have very mixed feelings about handing over the reins, but we also know that it is in the best interest of strengthening this bookstore so that it
can be a very long time
part of this community as our other locations have been for theirs.
This location will continue
to honor the store credit from trade-ins issued by Lucky Dog Books in East Dallas and Paperbacks Plus in Mesquite just as those bookstores will continue to honor that issued in Oak Cliff.
Each of the three bookstores will continue to accept Gift Certificates issued by any of the others before the acquisition date of 11/1/2018, although any issued afterwards may only be used at the location(s)
shown on each certificate.
Thanks for all your support of our efforts to bring a wide ranging bookstore to the neighborhood, and are very hopeful that you will appreciate the efforts of the new management to take it to the next level.
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 &
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 or arrange
to meet up with friends
and talk books/etc in
our lounge area.
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.