The proprietor has bookshelves built into the outside brick wall (on the ‘porch’, under roof). He keeps the shelves well stocked. In addition, locals bring their old books and put them on the shelves. If they see something they haven’t read, they take it. When they are through reading, they generally return it, but they can keep it if they choose. There is a box with a slot, donations are accepted; books may be paid for but if anyone wants to read and doesn’t have money, they can take what they want.
Every square inch of the inside of the store is stacked high with books, the shelves are
neat and orderly but crammed. Every niche and corner has stacks of very old books.
Here and there are seats of various descriptions. He has been there for more than forty years.
Next door, on the same side of the street, is The Cat’s Paw Art Supply store. They sell the work of local artists as well as new and ‘gently used’ art supplies. It is linked in
my blog roll (left side-panel) right above the calendar. Across the street is Coleman’s Fish
Market…the best fish sandwiches in my whole wide world. You can eat them there or take them home. You can buy fresh seafood of all descriptions, as well as alligator stew,
and a glorious assortment of delectables.
The whole area is known as the Centre Market. It is loaded with antique shops, craft shops, food stalls, wonderful Amish vittles of all sorts as well as cheeses and meats
hanging here and yon over head. The Towngate Theatre is just around the corner.
(above photo copied from the Towngate webpage)