Our Story


The picture at the right is how the front desk looked in 2015 before the new owner began remodeling.

The Paperback Shack was established in 1978. In it’s heyday, there were two brick and mortar locations and various flea market shops. When the business picked up, the flea markets became more hassle than they were worth, so the owners stopped attending and focused on their brick and mortar storefronts. In the late 1990’s, because of health issues, the original owners reduced down to one store, in Niles, and closed the other.

In July 2015, the original owner (then 78 years young and ready to retire) sold the remaining store. The new owner had a connection to the store because she would shop there on Thursdays with her Grandpa.

The new owner is a bibliophile. She is a voracious reader and reads across genres. She earned her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Chatham University in Pittsburgh and loves to encourage others to write well. Her new blog will be published in 2018 and focuses on reading (recommendations, reviews) and writing (reviews of writing texts, recommendations of writing texts, advice). You can check it out here: www.paperbackcounselor.com.

Since the new owner took over there have been a lot of changes at “the little bookstore next to Marc’s”. The last two years have been amazing and we look forward to growing and adding to our community for years to come.

IMG_5120The picture to the left is what the store looks like today: a little messy, the quote board is waiting for inspiration, and the Holiday book table is up. =)