John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.
The Gallery Book Store, 2124 E. Rusk Avenue in Bay View, is a location that is unknown to most people. Frank Mente operates the store on a limited schedule. It is only open two nights a week. (Friday from 7-9 PM and Saturday from 7-9 PM) Frank is a book collecter who sells books. The store is an extension of his hobby. He has many rare books in stock. He is known for his honesty and knowledge of his books. He used to be an insurance investigator before he retired. He is a graduate of Marquette University. I normally do not write about stores, but Frank's store is unique. From him, I was able to get local history books and other materials, some of which was over 100 years old. He has an old record collection there also. He has been in business for many years and is known for his honesty. If you can find his store open, stop in and look over some of the precious books that he has in stock. The store was started after he obtained too many books to keep at home anymore. His thirst for knowledge is great. You will never find any advertisement for his store anywhere. People who like rare books and knowledge stop in and visit him. I have told him many times that he runs a non-profit store because he charges too little for the great books that he sells. Some day if you have time and can find his store open, visit him. He will enjoy your visit. He is too modest for the knowledge that he carries. Frank. I think that you are too honest some times. He is a sweet guy and always willing to help you. His store is Bay View's secret treasure.