Owner Sara Rinne, who was the adult reference librarian at the Montrose Library for the past decade, plans to carry plenty of children's books, local history and "recreation books for tourists." As for events, Rinne intends to host book clubs and author readings, and while Maggie's Books won't offer food or drink, it's located next door to a bistro and market that sells coffee, tea and more. Rinne added that Maggie's will also have a number of comfortable nooks in which to sit and read.
Rinne, who grew up in Montrose and returned to the town in 2008, told the Monitor that opening a bookstore in her hometown is "something that I've wanted to do for a very long time." It will be the first independent bookstore on Montrose's Main Street since two bookstores closed during the recession.
"I was thinking, as a relatively young person, what kind of community I wanted to live in," Rinne said. "I wanted a vibrant and fun Main Street. I even wrote a business plan. I've had this business plan for several years now, but it wasn't until now that I was actually able to do it."
Rinne added that the store's name, which is in honor of her "naughty, [ornery] dog" Maggie, started out as placeholder but then stuck.