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Changing Hands began as a dream on the porch steps of an alternative school for kids where Tom Brodersen, Gayle Shanks and Bob Sommer met each other as volunteers. One day we talked about what we'd really like to do with our lives and the idea hatched was a little socially responsible bookstore and community gathering place. A few years later, Tom bought a small bookstore for $500, all he had at the time! The store was losing its lease and the books were packed up until a new location could be found.