After Chauni Haslet’s surprise announcement in March that she would retire at the end of June and close All for Kids Books & Music in Seattle, Wash., which she founded 25 years ago, several potential buyers stepped forward. Unfortunately, she was unable to reach a deal to sell the store.

“Don’t make it sound sad,” Haslet told PW with a lilt in her voice that’s been there since she reached her decision. She’s looking forward to her retirement on June 30, as planned, and hoping to avoid liquidating inventory. She’s been able to fill orders despite letting the stock dwindle.

Although Haslet will be gone, several college students who want to have a party to celebrate the August 2 release of Stephenie Meyer's fourth book in the Twilight Saga will remain with the store, which will be open through the first week of August to sell Breaking Dawn.