Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2019-01-09
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Gay couple talk relationship, new Oak Park bookstore
by Carrie Maxwell, Windy City Times
2019-01-09

facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


When gay couple Bill Fletcher and Don Moss moved from suburban Seattle to a 100-plus-year-old house in Oak Park, Illinois, six months ago, they brought thousands of books with them.

There were so many books the couple had to rent a storage space but they wanted to do more—so they decided to open a specialty used bookstore, Jake's Place Books, at 142 Harrison St. in the Oak Park Arts District.

"At first, I had no idea we were going to open a bookstore but I walked past an open storefront in our neighborhood and the light dawned," said Fletcher. "Jake was my first dog as an adult, a yellow Labrador, and I had done some online sales years ago and used that name. We like it because it sounds friendly and gets the dog's name in there."

One of the features of the bookstore is its policy of giving away two children's books each to every kid who comes into the shop, with Fletcher telling Windy City Times the couple's goal is to get kids to read and what better way than giving them free books. Moss explained that, recently, young adult books have been donated to the store and they are now giving one book away to anyone who wants them.

"It is important that the store have a mission beyond sales," said Fletcher. "I do not know that everyone has access as easily as we may think. Plus, we love having kids in the store. It stirs things up."

They have also gone beyond the store and donated pop-up books to Edward K. Duke Ellington Elementary School in Oak Park and are planning on more of these endeavors in the future.

Fletcher explained that they moved to Oak Park because, unlike the Seattle area, it was easier to get around without driving. Moss said they wanted to live in the Chicago area because of its diversity, theater options, good food and variety of public-transportation options.

The couple met through an online dating service and had their first date at a Starbucks in Carnation, Washington, five years ago. They have been together ever since and were married at their home in Carnation in 2015.

Moss was born and raised in Brooklyn, and got his bachelor's degree in English at the University of Rochester and medical degree from the University of Rochester Medical School. He did his psychiatry residency at Yale University.

"After my residency, I entered the Air Force during the Vietnam War and served at a base in Colorado," said Moss. "Later on, I became the director of mental health services at the University of Maryland and did that job for 20 years. I retired from that post to move to Washington state where I lived for two decades."

While living in Washington, Moss was a psychiatry consultant for a group of psychologists and social workers for three years before retiring fully from medicine.

"Although medicine was my career, I was always interested in teaching and reading and wanted to share my love of that with others so the bookstore is the culmination of the dream," said Moss.

Fletcher was born and raised in Rochester, New York. He got his bachelor's degree in social sciences from Emmanuel College in Boston. Fletcher later went to Vanderbilt University to get his master's degree in sociology. He taught for five years at Nashville's Belmont University and worked as the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic director of healthcare analytics for three years before moving to the Seattle area.

Currently, Fletcher works as the director of performance and quality improvement at the Roman Catholic children's institution Maryville Academy in Des Plaines, Illinois. Maryville helps children who have experience any form of trauma.

Fletcher explained that because of his work at Maryville he has become more aware of the need for early learning and that includes literacy skills. This was another reason for them wanting to give books away to kids who come to their store.

Both Fletcher and Moss said the most interesting and surprising thing they have found since moving to the Chicago area is how friendly everyone is.

"The weather has not been as bad as I was led to believe it would be," said Moss.

"Some people are maniac drivers, which I love because of living in Boston for a time," said Fletcher.

Fletcher said he is very happy to be running the bookstore with Moss and encourages film and theater lovers to come check out their selection of books on those topics.

See www.jakesplacebooks.com/ .


facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Women & Children First bookstore events include Shout Your Abortion 2019-01-09 - Women & Children First Loves Chicago Books to Women in Prison Donation Drive January 2 through February 14 We're kicking off the new ...


Gay News

The Rest of It, Hustlers, Cocaine... 1976-1988 2019-01-09 - Parts of your life are missing. Maybe you've forgotten, purposefully or by accident. You were overwhelmed and didn't look, too influenced by ...


Gay News

Novelist's fascination with history comes alive on stage 2019-01-09 - Novelist Emma Donoghue has had a long and rewarding relationship with Regency historical figure Anne Lister. Lister created a series of coded ...


Gay News

BOOK REVIEW Ladies Lazarus 2019-01-08 - By Piper J. Daniels $16; Tarpaulin Sky Press; 128 pages Piper J. Daniels is many things: a Columbia College Chicago graduate, ...


Gay News

Book chronicles local gay disco scene 2019-01-08 - The new book Dugan's Bistro and the Legend of the Bearded Lady, by author/activist/grassroots historian Owen Keehnen, is a folklore-bio of the local ...


Gay News

Best books of 2018 2019-01-08 - Everybody, it seems, has a best of 2018 List out for the year—best vacation, best TV shows, best movies, best place to eat. ...


Gay News

PASSAGES Lesbian suburban businesswoman Marge Bellisario dies 2019-01-06 - Margaret "Marge" Bellisario died Jan. 3 of complications from ovarian cancer. She was 50. At the time of her death, Bellisario lived in ...


Gay News

Historian Batza talks gay clinics' origins at book launch 2019-01-06 - On Jan. 4, Women & Children First welcomed a standing-room-only crowd for the launch of Before AIDS, historian Katie Batza's book about gay ...


Gay News

Gary Sinise book event Feb. 18 2019-01-02 - Steppenwolf Theatre Company has announced a special event as part of co-founder Gary Sinise's book tour promoting his new book Grateful American: A ...


Gay News

Gerber/Hart, Howard Brown to host 'Great Believers' discussion 2019-01-02 - On Wed., Jan. 16, 6-8 p.m., Howard Brown Health Clark and Gerber/Hart Library and Archives will host a discussion on The Great Believers ...


 



Copyright © 2019 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.