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When Kevin and Kasey both ended up back in their hometown of Wellsboro, and met again after vaguely knowing each other in high school, they found out they had both been selling books part-time online. Joining inventories, they carried on doing this for another six months, selling books out of their apartment, before taking the leap to a small, basement place on Main Street. This gave Tioga County the first bookstore of its kind, with new and used books, across a wide spectrum of genres and prices.
From My Shelf officially opened its doors for business in July of 2006 with only about 3,000 books on the shelves--mostly used--but with dreams of filling the 800 square feet, top to bottom, with books.
After seeing Jen and her son William at least twice a week, for the first six months, we finally just offered Jen a job. She was crazy enough to accept, and we've been a bookstore family ever since. Over the years, we've had great part-time help from many people, including folks during school breaks, between college and grad school, during grad school, and while job-hunting for more full-time work. Some people stayed only briefly, but several have "stuck". We've learned something from each and every one, and have been glad to have this bookstore extended family.
From My Shelf Books & Gifts is now in its "third incarnation" at 7 East Ave, bursting with books, puzzles, cards, games, audio books, book-related gifts, friends, and general good cheer. The bookstore is still clean and well-organized, and has more space and light in its new space. We continue to look for opportunities to grow, to serve our community, and to encourage each person to find a book from which s/he will benefit.
Proud members of:
- Wellsboro Chamber of Commerce,
- American Booksellers Association (ABA),
- IndieBound community,
- Friends of the Green Free Library (Wellsboro, PA)
- Friends of the Galeton Library (Galeton, PA)
*Showcasing 20-25 local and regional authors!
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