Monday, March 11, 2013
Carol Jackson (left) and Dilys Goodman are business partners and the co-owners of Serendipity Bookstore. The store was originally started pretty much on a whim one evening in 1995 when Carol and the late Betty Stewart said: "We're both former teachers and librarians - Let's open a book store!" and so they did. Betty's husband Norman built many of the shelves that they are still using today. In 1997, Dilys joined them and that same year they moved directly across the street from their original location on A Street and have been in their current location between the Market Chef and the Hungry Clam ever since.
Carrying 2nd hand books with a computerized inventory system, they now have 50,432 titles on hand, and if they don't have the one you want, they will let you know when it comes in. Currently there are about 1,500 requests (from all the islands) for specific books and every day Carol or Dilys calls someone to let them know their book is available. The phrase "Floor to ceiling" may take on new meaning when you walk into Serendipity - every room, every wall, every nook & cranny is lined with books. It's really quite a fun experience to browse around and see what you might find.