An independent bookstore is a special place—it's where readers go to discover new books, chat with friends in town, and meet favorite authors. 2014 was a particularly challenging year for our local bookstores. Bath Book Shop and Reading Corner Bookstore in Rockland are closing this year, and Maine Coast Book Shop in Damariscotta is for sale. All are staples in their communities.
Thankfully, there is good news for some locations. The Bath Book Shop is being replaced by another book store called The Mustard Seed. According to an article in The Forecaster, The Mustard Seed will not only feature books, but will also include a cafe with tea and treats. Owners Julie and Michael Shea plan to open The Mustard Seed on February 16.
The Owl & Turtle book store, which is located in Camden, is also seeing a change in ownership. Former owner Selena Sheaves said in an email to Islandport Press, "We are selling to a local couple who grew up here and who understand what Owl & Turtle mean to the community. Our staff is staying on as well, so the shop is in good hands." The shop's latest owners are Elaine and Rick Knight. The store closed for one day in January before re-opening the following day.
PS: Read how independent bookstores performed in other parts of the country.