The doors of Book Stop, a cozy corner bookstore at Oak and Second streets, flew open in May of 2005. Amongst a similarly strong outpouring of community support, owner Cynthia Christensen is now preparing to close those same doors.
Christensen, along with her family, has kept the love of reading alive for many a customer over the last six years and it is “with deep regret” that the family has made the decision to close. A health crisis has forced the decision.
“Since September, I was away from Book Stop for more than four months due to a sudden spinal injury,” said Christensen. “My time away, compounded with the current economy, and the post-holiday lull was more than our financial and physical reserves could bear. I think family needs to take a deep breath and recover with me.”
While the Book Stop doors should remain open through Memorial Day weekend, according to Christensen, the final cleanup must be completed before June 1.
Christensen credits her many customers with helping the family through the recent hard times and is emphatic about acknowledging her appreciation for their help.
“I can think of no words in any book that I have ever read that could fully express the amount of love that I have felt envelope us,” said Christensen.
Customers who have outstanding requests may still email Christensen at firstname.lastname@example.org.