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Village Books and Paper Dreams: Building Community One Book at a Time

Building community one book at a time is the mission of Whatcom County’s largest independent bookstore, Village Books and Paper Dreams. Anyone who ventures into the shop, whether in Fairhaven or in Lynden, is immediately struck by a curious and exciting feeling of wonder.

Employees Kelly Evert, Paul Hanson, and Sarah Hutton became the owners and steward of this Whatcom institution in 2017. Photo courtesy Village Books

Employees Kelly Evert, Paul Hanson, and Sarah Hutton became the owners and steward of this Whatcom institution in 2017. “There’s always the sense of discovery at Village Books,” says Hanson. “Not only is it visually impressive when you walk in and see the three floors of books, the wonderful smells of the books, the dinners created up in Evolve, and the fudge made in Paper Dreams and the sounds of laughter and conversation is very much like walking into a well-loved home.”

Forty years later and the store is still discovering new ways to expand services and create an exciting place to visit. Of course, times have changed. During COVID-19, both stores have had to make some changes. “We have a team of employees that worked diligently on our online orders procedures to accommodate all the increased traffic,” Evert says.

“It’s been absolutely amazing to take and ship orders for people around the country.” adds Zadra Nolan, online order lead.

Photo courtesy Village Books

They also started delivering to homes within the Bellingham area. “I ride my bike delivering books and gifts and learning so much more about the neighborhoods in my community,” says Evert. “It’s so much fun!”

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Article source: https://www.whatcomtalk.com/2020/10/16/village-books-and-paper-dreams-building-community-one-book-at-a-time/

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