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Booze-Bartering Bookstores

Molasses Books in New York Lets You Trade Books For Beer

— October 16, 2014 — Lifestyle
Molasses Books is a unique bookstore, located in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, that doesn't just sell books but also sells booze! The books in this store are second-hand but the booze is decidedly fresh. The best part is, customers can actually barter their books for booze tickets. While this service was previously only available for coffee, customers can now trade in their unwanted books for a cold beer.

Aside from a selection of second-hand books priced under $10, Molasses Books offers Genesee Cream Ale and Budweiser for $3 each as well as Steigl and Bass for $4. For those who prefer to ingest a stimulant while browsing books or reading, there's always coffee on hand too.
Trend Themes
1. Bookstore Bartering - Opportunity for bookstores to offer unique bartering experiences, allowing customers to trade books for other goods/services.
2. Second-hand Book Market - Growing trend of selling second-hand books at affordable prices, providing access to literature for budget-conscious readers.
3. Hybrid Retail Concepts - Rise of innovative retail concepts that combine different products or services to attract diverse customer segments.
Industry Implications
1. Bookselling - Booksellers can explore the bartering model to incentivize book trade-ins and offer unique experiences to their customers.
2. Craft Brewing - Craft breweries can partner with bookstores to create mutually beneficial collaborations, transforming bookstores into social gathering spaces.
3. Cafes and Coffee Shops - Coffee shops can expand their offerings by incorporating bookstores or partnering with them, providing customers with a broader range of experiences.
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