Steve's Sundry Books and Magazines began offering its last worldly possessions for sale on Saturday. The Tulsa World reports it marks the end of a business dating back to the Truman administration that has been located at 2612 South Harvard Avenue since 1958.
By the time store owner Joanie Stephenson unlocked the door at 10 a.m. Saturday, a lengthy line of customers had formed outside the business, which has been a Tulsa institution since 1947.
Chris Miyata, the first person in line, said he was seeking an "iconic fixture" to put in his Tulsa home to remind him of the establishment, which he first visited in the 1990s while attending Oral Roberts University.
Sixty-nine-year-old Jack Hannah said he was probably about 13 when he discovered Steve's. On Saturday, he said he came by perhaps to buy a few books, but mostly to say goodbye.
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