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Back in business after retirement

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017 10:38 a.m. CST

From Jim and Sandy Stalker

Creston

Once in awhile, one of my ideas gets to be tested. I’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Ed and Anna Thompson for giving me a space in their store to do something I have spent the past 40 years doing until I decided to retire a year and a half ago. So, the wife and I (we find it’s better to make joint decisions) sold our bookstore and building to the Smiths, who run their own fine bookstore called the Bookwyrm at 210 N. Maple St.

Everyone I talked to said retirement is fine if you can keep busy. So, we bought a house and for a time, set about doing house things. Retirement is fine, but I find I haven’t got retailing out of my system, so we concluded I should do what I know how to do.

There is always room for multiple stores in a town. In the old days, we survived with multiples of shoe and clothing stores, why not two bookstores? Timing is everything and the time is now, once again. Our new store will be located inside Thompson’s Shop and Save, at 109 N. Maple St. We will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Our system is new. Our books are not, but we have retained a trade-in policy. Our books are written in plain English (not text-speak). If you still like to read the old fashion way, stop and see a couple of semi-retired clerks anxious to sell books.

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