After 28 years, Carol B. Chittenden is selling Eight Cousins Bookstore in Falmouth, Mass., to two booksellers and a businesswoman.
Sara M. Hines (who currently manages the store’s digital media, programming, and events) and Mary Fran Buckley (the store's fiction buyer), are purchasing Eight Cousins with Eileen Miskell, who has a background in business management and co-owns Wood Lumber Company in Falmouth. The change in ownership will take place in January 2015.
The bookstore was originally founded as a children’s specialty store by Chittenden’s mother, Betty Borg, in 1986, and has since added a large general books selection for adults. “My mother asked if I could give her one year to help get the store up and running,” said Chittenden, who ended up buying the store when her mother retired. Chittenden also cofounded the New England Children’s Booksellers Advisory Council Association.
Eight Cousins was named the 2014 and 2009 Best Children’s Bookstore in New England by Yankee magazine. In 2002, the bookstore received a Pannell Award from the Women’s National Book Association.