211 Lopez Road, Plaza Building, Lopez Village
Hours: Monday thru Saturday 9-6, Sunday 9-5
Karen Barringer and Linda Brower didn’t shy away from change since opening Lopez Bookshop in November 2011. They expanded the store to twice its original size, added used books to the inventory, increased their social media presence, and hosted author events. Recently the two sisters made their biggest modification, with Linda’s departure and Beth St. George, the former Youth Services Coordinator at Lopez Island Library, becoming Karen’s new business partner. “As much as Linda loved the Bookshop,” Karen says, “it just couldn’t compete with her grandson Collin, who lives in Spokane.”
Beth reads mostly youth literature, “because so much excellent writing is coming out for youth today, and much of it can be appreciated by adults. It’s often meaningful and entertaining without being graphic.” Beth especially loves picture books. “I like to call them ‘Everybody Books,’ because so many are pertinent to all ages.”
Owners Karen Barringer and Beth St. George, along with staff members Carol Hendel and Iris Graville, relish lively conversations with customers about books, and those who stop in for the ongoing scrabble game in the back of the store.