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If you're looking for a really good tome, but having a hard time finding it, then look no further than Books Galore in  DeSoto.  

 

    Currently relocating into a larger facility in the Queen's Plaza on Main Street, owner John Gilbert said, "You'll find everything you can find at a regular book store, including card games, such as Pokemon and Magic the Gathering, and  role-playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons and Vampire the Masquerade."

 

   But this is no ordinary bookstore.  "We have over 60,000 books in stock and nearly 15,000 listed on our website," Gilbert said.  "We can special order about any book currently in print that you want."

 

   In business in DeSoto since April 1997, Gilbert, a DeSoto native, and his wife and business partner Kendall were ready for the move to a larger facility.

 

   We were in a space of about 650 square feet on Rock Road, but we needed more space for books and gaming," Gilbert said.  "We had about 12,000 books in a rented storage space up the street and 5,000 or so in our house."

 

   The new location has about 5 times the space, Gilbert said, and is between 2500 and 3000 square feet.

 

   Gilbert said the opening of the store coincided with the Internet getting up and running.  "The majority of sales come from the internet," Gilbert said.  "We have shipped books to all 50 states, as well as weekly shipments to Great Britain and Australia, and last week we shipped one to Slovenia."  

 

    This also gave John and his family the opportunity to move back to DeSoto to be near family.  His father, Ernest Gilbert, served as Jefferson County, Missouri Treasurer for 32 years.

 

   One of the first things we did once in business was to join the American Booksellers Association, which is a union of non-chain bookstores, promoting freedom of speech and the independently-owned stores.  

 

    Even John's mother-in-law has thickened the plot.  She recently completed her Master's Degree in Museum Studies with a special emphasis on rare books.

 

   "That's a real help," Gilbert said.  "Plus, we list all of our books on the Internet at competitive prices, with the listings of many other book dealers.  We try to be very competitive in price."

This also gave John and his family the opportunity to move back to DeSoto to be near family.  His father, Ernest Gilbert, served as Jefferson County, Missouri Treasurer for 32 years.

 

One of the first things we did once in business was to join the American Booksellers Association, which is a union of non-chain bookstores, promoting freedom of speech and the independently-owned stores.  

 

    Even John's mother-in-law has thickened the plot.  She recently completed her Master's Degree in Museum Studies with a special emphasis on rare books.

 

   "That's a real help," Gilbert said.  "Plus, we list all of our books on the Internet at competitive prices, with the listings of many other book dealers.  We try to be very competitive in price."