Richard and Lisa Howorth opened Square Books in 1979 with $10,000 they had saved up and $10,000 they borrowed from a bank. The couple rented an upstairs space in a building Richard’s aunt owned on the town square in Oxford, Miss. It didn’t even have visibility from the street.
“We painted on the risers of the stairs the categories of the store—mysteries, cookbooks, so forth and so on—so that if people did happen to stop and look through the glass door they would see that it was probably a bookstore,” Richard Howorth said.
You might not know her name, but chances are good you’ve seen Yvonne Bobo's work. Bobo has metal sculptures in outdoor spaces all around Memphis: she created the futuristic stainless steel sculpture that stands at the center of Peabody Park in Midtown, and the archway of planets and shooting stars at the park’s entrance; the colorful metal flower garden outside Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital; and the blue metal butterflies that flit on a red metal tree at the Cancer Survivors Park in East Memphis.