CHILLICOTHE, OH (WCMH) — On Saturday, book-lovers in central Ohio and around the United States visited their favorite local shops. Independent Bookstore Day started back in 2014, and became a national event the following year.
Among the newest book shops in central Ohio is Wheatberry Books in Chillicothe.
Chelsea Bruning opened the bookstore 6 months ago. It’s been a dream of hers since the first grade and it’s a dream come true for her to see all the smiling faces inside Wheatberry Books every day.
Gabriel Justice is 8 years old and loves coming to Wheatberry Books with his siblings.
“I have lots of fun, especially at story time,” he says.
Bruning says she’s a pharmacist by trade but knew she always wanted a bookstore. So, she brought the idea up to her husband Matt and the rest is history.
“We thought we would do something fun, this will be the fun job. And it’s been so rewarding, so well received. We’re getting so much support.”
Bruning says she appreciates all the love they’ve received since opening in Chillicothe, and adds what the most unique piece of her shop is.
“We have a personal connection to these books because they are sold all over the world and the paper they are printed on is made right here. Glatfelter, right here in Chillicothe, and it’s actually a lot of our best sellers.”
Sarah Uhrig was in the store and says she stops in at least 3 times a week to check out new shipments and prefers the hometown feel of the store.
“I think it’s more personal vibe,” she says. “You’re actually interacting with someone. It may be more precise. With it being local and small, they’re going to have more knowledge about the genres instead of going in a library and being overwhelmed.”
“People come back, they tell you, ‘you recommended this book to me and I love it, so I want you to recommend another.” So, they really develop a faith in you as a book seller, as a friend,” Bruning says.
Bruning says her favorite part about her bookstore is the relationships she’s made with every customer who walks through the door.