Jill Krebs, who has owned Hill Avenue Books, a full-service general bookstore in Spirit Lake, Iowa, for the past 15 years, has sold the bookstore to Rachael Tinker, a long-time customer.
Hill Avenue Books, which is located in downtown Spirit Lake, a resort community in northwest Iowa's lakes region, was founded 25 years ago; Krebs had worked there for five years when she bought it from its founding owner, Donna Henrich. Krebs remains owner of Hill Avenue’s second, smaller location, which is open only during the summer months inside the Central Emporium shopping mall on Lake Okoboji. Krebs will assist with the transition through the month of July, before moving to Colorado with her family.
Tinker, a recent college graduate, has no previous bookselling experience and will be the store’s only employee following Krebs’ departure at the end of the month. Hill Avenue Books stocks 10,000 titles, as well as magazines and sidelines.