A long chapter in Tulsa’s history is coming to an end. Steve’s Sundry, Books & Magazines began offering its last worldly possessions for sale on Saturday, marking the end of a well-lived life that enriched the lives and minds of thousands of Tulsans dating back to the Truman administration.

When 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. It has been at 2612 S. Harvard Ave. since 1958. …

Stephenson, the daughter-in-law of store founder Steve Stephenson, who died in 2011, said changes in the publishing industry, a decrease in the number of magazines being printed since the 2008 recession and the rise of e-books were among the factors that made it increasingly hard to stay in business. She said a 2 1/2-year attempt to sell the business proved unsuccessful because “nobody wanted to work this hard for so little money.”

Tulsa World, December 29, 2013