MOUNT VERNON — Colonial Books and Kids Shelf, located at 521 S. Main St, is celebrating its silver anniversary. Founded in 1987, by local author Bonnie Pryor who wanted to share her love of books, Colonial Books and Kids Shelf has been providing personal service and quality books and toys for the past 25 years.
Pryor’s daughter, Tonya Baughman, who now manages the store, said her mother started out with $10,000 and a little tiny box. The business has grown and now offers a $125,000 inventory of books, toys, games and everything to spark the imagination.
The biggest change over the years, Baughman said, is the increase in young adult clients. “Young adults didn’t used to be such great readers,” she said. “Now they are actually my best readers.”
Baughman stocks a large selection of high-interest, low vocabulary books for reluctant readers such as the “I Survived” series. There is also a multi-lingual section, a local author section, a used book section, an infant section, a homeschooling section, a section for Girl Scouts and a parent resource section. The science room features books, puzzles, Science Wiz kits, chemistry sets and more.
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