Who They Are:
Bookworks is a downtown Staunton bookstore that serves up a little of everything — modern fiction, the classics, non-fiction essays, children’s literature, even local history and books by local authors.
“I had never worked retail before in my life,” says Ron. Thanks to a lot of community support, he is thinking in the long-term. This isn’t just a change of life for him; it’s now a way of life. There had been a small bookstore in Staunton, but when it closed the closest one was a chain store at the mall. Appalled at the absence of a downtown bookstore, Ron and his wife launched Bookworks. And that leap of faith is working out for them. He hosts book signings for local/regional authors and is an active member in the Staunton community.
How did you get here?
“It was my wife’s idea. She’s the reason all of this happened; it started off when she was thinking of taking over the old community bookstore and I would help out on weekends, and then I was running it! We opened for 8 days, closed to have our wedding, then reopened on October 1st. ‘Yes ma’am,’ I said. I took my lead from her.”
The stock at Bookworks varies, sometimes history seems to be popular, sometimes children’s books. Trends don’t last but a few days, which can make the ordering hard, but you can tell Ron loves it, especially when someone comes in with a special order. One thing Ron doesn’t get to do anymore is read; he’s too busy trying to find the best stock for us! But that doesn’t stop him from enjoying every aspect of the business.
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101 West Beverley Street
Staunton, VA 24401-4204