Avenue Bookstore opens in downtown Lock Haven

PHOTO PROVIDED Lock Haven’s Avenue Bookstore is a boon to the downtown and independent stores across the United States.

Avenue Bookstore’s opening is a win not only for downtown Lock Haven, but also for independent bookstores across the United States.

The once endangered species of independent bookstores is now bouncing back and Avenue is proof.

“There’s a real movement toward supporting small. There has been for a while, but it’s getting stronger, I think. People recognize the importance of supporting small businesses. It’s great for the community,” says Kris McMann, who owns Avenue Bookstore.

Avenue offers a place to peruse new and used books, vinyl LPs and DVDs while enjoying Raven’s Brew coffee or a cup of Republic of Tea.

The store also features products from young local entrepreneurs, such as Elise’s Pieces Handcrafted Chess Sets and Julian’s Bath Bombs and Shower Steamers.

Since the April 1 grand opening, the store has had an outpouring of support from the community.

“It’s been great. There have been many people coming in saying that they’re glad we’re here.” McMann shares.

Opening a bookstore has been a longtime dream for McCann, a retired nurse, and her daughter, Shannon Miller.

“My daughter loves books. She has always said that when she retires, she would like to do that. So I thought I would just give her a jumpstart,” says McMann.

With the increase of businesses opening in downtown Lock Haven, McCann felt the time was right to bring their dream of owning a bookstore to fruition.

“I had thought about starting it before. When all these other stores started popping up, I got excited about it,” McMann says.

McCann and Miller, both avid readers, are available to customers for questions and recommendations.

“Shannon is so knowledgeable about most of the books. So, when people are here, she can interact with them and talk to them about certain authors,” she said.

Special event days will be held this summer and fall, including a Stephen King night, Shark Awareness Day, game nights, children’s book readings, book signings, and a summer book sale.

“We’re gonna have Stephen King night where people can come in and discuss their least favorite Stephen King book or their most favorite Stephen King book. We’ll have that in the evening and we will have some refreshments too,” McMann says.

“We will also do something for Shark Awareness Day. We’re going to give away some little shark things to just make it sort of fun. The first day of summer we will have any book that has ‘summer’ in the title for $2 off. We’ve got some fun things planned.”



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