New Owner for The Wild Children's Bookstore
Peggy Clark is the new owner of The Wild bookstore, Noblesville, Ind., "so Hamilton County will not lose its only independent bookstore," Current in Noblesville reported.
"I'm more happy than anything," said former owner Debbie Marinaro, who purchased the business four years ago. "I look at it as a chapter closing and another opening for me. I don't know what that will be. I owned The Wild, so I can do anything. It's not something I thought I'd do. It was a big leap of faith. I'm proud of myself for doing that."
Clark noted that the location "will stay The Wild, stay a bookstore.... I love being around kids. I always wanted to start my own business. It really worked out perfectly because I was ready to make a change. I wanted to do something on my own." She added that she has "a million ideas" and would like "the store to have more hands-on opportunities, a book center where kids can hang out while parents shop and possibly add a hot chocolate maker or snack area."
Marinaro had announced last month that the bookstore would either be sold or would close March 27. "I didn't know what to expect," she said. "I was talking to five serious people and finally got to the point that I was talking to people I was comfortable in selling the store to. They had the same vision for it--it was all about the importance of the store in the community and love of children.
"I did it for the community. It's just a vital part of downtown. I'm so happy I didn't have to lock the door and leave. I'm so thankful someone did step forward and take the next leap of faith... it's going to be in good hands with Peggy. I'm happy to be able to shop in there with my granddaughters."