A new store opens in Massachusetts; a store in Maine changes hands; a Colorado bookstore expands by going mobile; and more.
Provincetown Bookstore Holds Grand Opening: East End Books Ptown on Cape Cod had a soft opening in the middle of December and a grand opening earlier this month. The full-service bookstore, which is located in Provincetown’s East End, also sells vinyl albums, magazines, and coffee. Owner Jeff G. Peters is president of Anhinga Press and the LGBTQ Literary Preserve. His documentary Run Across Cuba is screening at film festivals this year.
BookBar Adds a Bookmobile: Denver's BookBar recently purchased Mavis the Magical BookMobile from employee Anna Kongs, who converted a 1994 ambulance to create Mavis. The bookmobile will continue to make charitable book donations and will be available for BookBar events and school visits. In the works are “on the road” author events, including mobile book signings.
New Owners for The Owl & Turtle Bookshop: Professional writer Maggie White, and her husband, Craig White, an engineer and entrepreneur, purchased the Camden, Maine, bookstore, which turns 47 in May. They are planning to make changes beginning next month with the launch a new website and the revival of a previous store logo. The Whites will also expand the children’s section and add more seating for the café on the second floor.
No Plans to Replace B&N in Calhoun Village: Although the Minneapolis bookstore had been rumored to more or close as part of a reconfiguration of the mall, a spokesperson for new mall owner Doran Cos. confirmed that there are now no plans to make changes to the Barnes & Noble location. Barnes & Noble has been in Calhoun Village for 25 years.
Carol Stoltz Retires from Porter Square: One of the cofounders and original owners of Porter Square Books in Cambridge, Mass., Carol Stoltz is retiring at the end of this month. “Carol has been an important fixture in the children’s book world and an invaluable part of the growth and success of PSB over 12 years, and we will miss her,” wrote PSB marketing director Josh Cook in announcing the retirement.
Alias Books in West LA to Close: The 58-year-old used bookstore is closing March 14. Owner Brian Paeper bought the store in 2002 from original owner Ken Hyre. The building was sold more than two years ago to developers who plan to build condominiums. A closing sale began earlier this week; any remaining inventory will be donated to the Inglewood Library.