Bookstores offer various options

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

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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.

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