Letter from Jane Stroh, Nov. 15, 2017

Thank You and Farewell!

Dear Bookstore Customer,

On Thanksgiving Day I celebrated my 70th birthday! I’ve been at The Bookstore for 32 years and owned the store for 20. That’s nearly half my life! Wow!

And now it’s time to pass the torch. On Nov. 15, I announced that I will officially retire on Dec. 31. But don't worry — The Bookstore will remain open and continue to be a fixture at 475 N. Main St. in Glen Ellyn. I'm confident that I'm leaving it (and all of you) in very good hands.

I have thought about retirement for some time, but kept waiting for just the right person to come along. At the beginning of this year two someones showed up in the persons of Shannon Burgess and Gail Dickson. Both Shannon and Gail are customers and have daughters who worked at the store. They told me that they loved The Bookstore for its place in the community and for the great first work experience it had provided for their daughters. They really want to see that continue into the future.

Shortly after that conversation, my longtime co-worker, Jenny Fischer, decided to retire, so Shannon and Gail came to work for me to get a taste of the retail world and most especially book selling. And I can tell you they are naturals at it! They are well read and especially so in the books many of our customers love.

So at the end of this year I will be selling The Bookstore to two much younger and very capable women, who many of you may already have met. Plus, Sue, Renee, and Linda will all be staying around! I’ll probably even show up occasionally! I’m not moving anywhere – I love Glen Ellyn and all of my immediate family is here.

I want to say a special thank you to all of you. You have made The Bookstore what it is. You have valued what you find here — enough to spend your dollars with us. I say it over and over again — we could not do this without your support.

I also wish to thank my husband. My 20 years as The Bookstore owner would not have been possible without him. He helped make my dream come true.

My fondest hope is that if I make it to 90, I’ll still be shopping at The Bookstore and I’m counting on all of you to make that possible! So keep bringing your children and grandchildren here, keep meeting friends here, keep helping Bridge Communities and Glen Ellyn Children’s Resource Center here, and most especially keep buying your books from YOUR small hometown Bookstore!

Yours truly,

Jane

P.S. – I'd like to leave you with one of my favorite holiday traditions — my holiday book selections. Click here to view my holiday picks.