Bookstores offer various options
Friday, September 21, 2018
SHERIDAN — In high school, Vi Channel dreamed of opening a used bookstore.
Channel held onto that dream for 40 years. She raised four kids with her husband and worked several other jobs. Eventually, though, her dream became reality and is still going strong today.
Channel has owned Ye Olde Book Knook — a name she thought of back in high school — for 22 years, the last 15 at its location on South Main Street.
Channel saw a need for a used bookstore, which she wanted to open partly so fewer books were thrown away.
“I knew that there was a lot of people who still liked to read and a lot of the time they couldn’t find some of the old books they were looking for,” Channel said. “You can go anyplace in the whole world if you read a book.”
The circumstances differed for Robby Smith, owner of Sheridan Stationery Books and Gallery. Smith has owned the business for 25 years and didn’t know what to expect when she began.
“It’s been kind of a trial by fire,” Smith said.
While Ye Olde Book Knook specializes in used books, Sheridan Stationery Books and Gallery sells new items. Smith works with publishers, distributors and a few local authors directly to purchase brand new books, which are displayed every Tuesday.
Smith said the store inventory has changed a bit over the years and now includes more non-book items like maps, calendars and greeting cards.
The most enjoyable aspect for Smith is picking out good books for customers.