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 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'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.
New Happy Reader Hours
5pm to 7pm everyday
on all book purchases.
We're trying something new for Lucky Dog Books in this neighborhood only. This discount works even if you are using store credit from trade-ins on your purchase.
Knock off as much as 50% of our normal prices with this credit and then take another 20% off the remaining cash balance.
Stop in on the way home from work to get a good read for the evening, or meet up with some friends on the way to dinner
where you can talk about the interesting things you just found here at the bookstore, or the good book you just traded-in.
Bring the kids back by after dinner at home and let them choose something to fit their interests.
Or arrange for your book club to meet here for free and come a little early to get the extra discount.
We are constantly looking for ways to meet your reading needs and make this bookstore more engaging for you as readers.
We are hoping that we will create enough traffic during this time period that there'll always be other readers here when you come by
so you can grab a cup of coffee and talk reading it you like with others who share your interest.
So, please help us pass the word about the pleasures of browsing our ever changing selections of books, movies and music.
And the very economical deals we always offer, but especially this time everyday.
We also need more of you to create/host events here at the bookstore whether ongoing or one time occurences.
Readings, workshops, chat groups, book clubs, or other sorts of social circles.
The uncertainty of things a month ago led most of those using the bookstore for these kinds of things
to make other arrangements and so we have a lot of opportunities right now with many open slots on our weekly/monthly calendar.
And if you haven't already, please consider checking out the great value being offered at every level of contribution
by our GoFundMe campaign. We don't use the word "donation" because you get back more than you put in. Take a look by clicking the link above.
...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.
3 WAYS TO
GET $5 OFF
Start a new account for store cedit from trade-ins you bring to the bookstores
Sign up for our email list at one of the bookstores to receive notice of news of & events at the bookstores
Like us and sign up for our mailing lists on Facebook.
Being More Involved
There are many ways to be help this bookstore be more sustainable.
Make us a more regular part of your weekly/monthly routine,
or become a sustaining supporter through our Subscription progam.
Be an "ambassador" for the store by sharing some of our Facebook posts. Invite friends to meet you here for a browsing party.
Or make a point to weed some things out of your own library to recycle
with us helping the river of interesting stuff continue to flow through our lives at money saving prices.
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
We've Moved Again
Click on the map to see a full size version of the layout of the new location at 10534 Garland Road, near Easton Road, The Army Store and Vhea's LaundroMutt.
We have almost everything back in place and ready for your browsing pleasure. Click here for a short slide show of interior shots to get an even better feel for this new location.
We have added more lighting but still intend to add even more in several areas. The heating and a/c are quite adequate making the whole bookstore comfortable.
We do still have some volunteers helping to get things in better order on some shelves.
So drop in anytime. We are once again providing a $5 off "Thank You" discount bookmark for every half hour contributed.
Look for our signs on the front doors until we get our outdoor ones up, the first of which we hope to have this week.
Although we did not want to move again, we had to, and,
long story made short, we're now in the space that we really wanted to move into last
- has easier parking
- is more visible from the street with a better sign potentially
- is easier to get in and out of the parking lot
- and has about as much room as our old store across the street did.
If you'd like to get it going again, our public program area at the new location is back up and running. We do not still have our own organizer for it, but would be happy for one or more of you to take on this role. We have the time still set aside if you'd like to just start showing up again.
If you participated in another program that has been on hiatus, please talk to us about restarting it.
Please check with the organizer of your particular event in case they haven't heard yet.
Even though we have managed to clear space for the program area, it would still be very helpful if one or more of you have some unused space where we can store a lot of boxes of books, preferrably in a business or church setting.
We need 3-500 sq ft but could split these boxes up into smaller groupings if we can find two or three spaces that are at least 100 sq ft each that we can cobble together to make enough for it all.
This space would not have any regular traffic, and for our purposes, does not need to be separated to itself.
If you have some space that you could contribute to this effort even if just for a period of time, it would really be helpful.
Follow the continuing adventures of Lucky Dog in East Dallas
And check out the events at both Dallas bookstores at our calendar page.
If you have further questions about any of this, we will be happy to try to answer them for you if you will email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the word bookstore in
the subject line.
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.
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.
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 all the 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 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...
Ask us about new CDs recorded live at
Poor David's Pub and elsewhere by local musicians.