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Small World; Small Bookshop

To say I am a creature of habit would, at least when it comes to places of residence, be an understatement. My wife and I moved into our current apartment almost 18-years ago. Prior to that I had lived in another unit in this building for 18-years. To further illustrate my home-body trait, the building in which we live is located on the same street on which I was born. I guess I just don’t like to pack!

Over the years we have seen many neighbours, good and not so good, come and go. For the last several years our across-the-hall neighbours have been great. Common greetings, a smile, a nod, no prying, not noisy, ideal neighbours.

Situated on Ste. Catherine Street in downtown Montreal, Argo has been around since 1966. It has outlived countless businesses by providing excellent service.

Here’s where the ‘small world isn’t it?’ aspect arises. I recently read a post on Facebook by Montreal writer and historian Robert N. Wilkins regarding a burst pipe and subsequent flood at a long-time local bookstore called Argo Bookshop. Situated on Ste. Catherine Street in downtown Montreal, Argo has been around since 1966. It has outlived countless businesses by providing excellent service.

As I read the Facebook post I was struck by the reference to current Argo co-owner, Moti. No last name was mentioned. On a couple of occasions I have, in an attempt to be a good neighbour, brought upstairs packages addressed to my across-the-hall neighbour, so I knew his name was Moti. And the packages seemed to be book-like in shape. Hmmm…

An event at Argo Bookshop pre-COVID

A small bit of research revealed to me that my neighbour is, indeed, the co-owner of the famed Argo Bookshop! Not the original, but the current.

In the meantime, Argo Bookshop offers online shopping. Instead of going to a big box store, consider checking out their website.

I made a point of dropping by Argo yesterday and there was my neighbour. The damage to the inventory is substantial. Just what a bookshop needs during a pandemic; a flood. I wished Moti the very best of luck. Hopefully he and his partner will manage to survive this calamity and Argo will continue to be a favourite haunt for Montreal bibliophiles.

In the meantime, Argo Bookshop offers online shopping. Instead of going to a big box store, consider checking out their website.

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