I would love to own an independent book store someday. It seems like they are disappearing because they can't compete with the chains and stay in business and that is a BIG shame.
An indie near my S.O's house had to close down a few months ago and the community was pretty upset about it. It had survived in the center of town for many many years but had to close down when the lease got too expensive. The good news is that they did find another store to lease but it is not as great a location as the old location. It will be open again in a few weeks