In addition to books for children, teens and adults, owner Mary Ellen Hartje will carry book-themed T-shirts and other apparel. The store will also feature a coffee station with free hot chocolate, tea and coffee, as well as an outdoor patio area.
The store will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony on November 26, followed by a grand-opening celebration on November 30. Hartje plans to offer discounts for teachers and the military, and once the holiday shopping season slows down, she hopes to get started with the store's events program.
"I guess I wasn't quite ready to retire," Hartje told Go San Angelo. Prior to opening Old Town Books, Hartje was an English professor at Angelo State University. "This is something I've always dreamed of doing."