Staying Power: Duttenhofer's Books owner hopes the Clifton Heights business is a never ending story

CINCINNATI - What does it take for a family business to survive and thrive for 25 years or more? Our weekly  feature shares the secrets to success of local businesses with staying power.

Stan Duttenhofer parlayed his interest in collectible books into what is now one of the city's most unique bookstores. The shop's second owner, Russ Speidel, left a legal career to follow his enthusiasm for beautiful old books and literature, working with Duttenhofer for a few years to learn the business and taking over ownership in 1986. Current Owner Kim Steinsiek began working for Speidel part time in 1990, and bought the store when he retired in 2011.

As the Duttenhofer's website explains, this Clifton Heights landmark has built a loyal cult following not only among among the city's literary enthusiasts, but book lovers around the world. Located within walking distance of the University of Cincinnati, Duttenhofer's buys "good-quality, good-condition books, especially classic titles of literature, philosophy, classics, poetry."

Q & A with Kim Steinsiek

Who are your customers?

Our customers are book lovers of all ages, both locally and all over the world through our Internet sales.

WCPO Insiders can read the full Q&A, and learn why this business has staying power. Plus, what does a used bookstore choose as its mascot? 

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