The Store Next Door

Thanks for taking a stroll with us and checking out the retail gems down the street, around the corner, and in our own backyards in The Store Next Door podcast where each show we talk to owners, managers, and employees of some of the coolest book stores around and chat with authors about their latest releases.

Featured: Loren Stephens, Author of All Sorrows Can Be Borne

by Doug Cooper | Bonus Episode

Front Cover - All Sorrows Can Be Borne

About The Store Next Door

The Store Next Door podcast is about bookstores, booksellers, and the authors behind your favorite books. One of the many misconceptions about the book business is that bookstores are disappearing from the business landscape. In fact, according to Statistica, the number of independent bookstores has increased year over from 2009 to 2019. The purpose of the The Store Next Door is to promote and celebrate the unique people, places, and products that are driving this growth and creating the book-loving communities we need to function and prosper as an educated society.

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Meet The Host

Doug Cooper is the author of the award-winning novels Outside In and The Investment Club and the 2019 thriller Focus Lost. Always searching, he has traveled to over twenty-five countries on five continents, exploring the contradictions between what we believe and how we act in the pursuit of truth, beauty, and love. He has also called Cleveland, St. Louis, Detroit, New York, Las Vegas, and Oslo, Norway home, and now resides in Vermilion, Ohio.

His love for books and those who dedicate their lives to writing them and tirelessly promoting and selling them inspired him to create The Store Next Door podcast and share the stories behind the stories. Learn more about Doug and his writing by clicking the button below or following him on social media or asking your favorite bookstore to order his books.

Latest Episode

Author Loren Stephens

Doug Cooper was on Rare Bird Radio in conversation with Loren Stephens on Wednesday, September 8. The recorded video is available on Crowdcast or listen to the audio on your favorite podcast platform or below.


Loren Stephens is a widely published essayist and fiction and nonfiction storyteller. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, MacGuffin, the Jewish Women’s Literary Annual, The Forge Literary Magazine, Crack the Spine, Lunch Ticket’s Amuse Bouche series, The Write Launch, The Summerset Review, The Montreal Review, and Tablet travel magazine, to name a few. To learn more about Loren and her writings, visit her website or follow her on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram.

Bonus Episode | 32 min

Loren Stephens, All Sorrows Can Be Borne

by Doug Cooper | Store Next Door

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Do you have a favorite bookstore or author that you would like to hear on the The Store Next Door? Send us a message and we’ll reach out to book them on a future episode.

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