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Linden Tree Books seeks new owner

Linden Tree Books
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Young readers sample the wares at Linden Tree Books last week.

Linden Tree Books’ owners announced last week that the search was on for a new owner, but they emphasized that the shop wasn’t closing and their search could take as long as necessary to find the right new generation.

Co-owner Dianne Edmonds bought the bookstore with Jill Curcio in 2010 from original founders Linda and Dennis Ronberg. The Ronbergs had been looking to retire for nearly a year, but 2009 was a tough year to find a buyer for the business.

Curcio and Edmonds, both mothers raising kids in local schools at the time they purchased the store, created a family-friendly hangout when they took over, relocated from 170 State St. and launched at 265 State with a new look. With comfy reading chairs, a special toddler bathroom with an extra, tiny toilet welcoming to small bottoms and displays easy to browse by people of all sizes, their shop became a go-to spot for families looking to shop together in town.

Edmonds said she and Curcio took on a mission to “create a sustainable business that can thrive in downtown and continue to be a center point within our community, and we feel like we’ve achieved that.”

Their author events and relationships with local schools and libraries expanded the store’s regional reputation, and its signature green and brown wrapping became a familiar sight at local birthday and holiday parties. Edmonds said that after installing a new computer system and debuting an online shop last year, she and Curcio want to find a caretaker with new energy and ideas to come up with the next generation of projects.

“We achieved what we really wanted to do, we’re in a good place with the store, in a very good relationship with our landlord and a good place with our lease, and this is a nice window right now when the economy is strong and the vibrancy seems to be surrounding our store,” Edmonds said. “Let’s see what’s out there and see if somebody has the energy.”

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