Archive for April, 2010

Port In A Storm Book Store, Somesville, Maine, Closes

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Article by Eric H., VisitingNewEngland.com

The wonderful views from Port In a Storm Book Store will be missed just as much as the wide selection of books (photo by Eric H.)

The wonderful views from Port In a Storm Book Store will be missed just as much as the wide selection of books (photo by Eric H.)


We usually focus on local stores that are in business, but today we bring you sad news that the Port In A Storm Book Store in Somesville, Maine, closed its doors on Jan. 18, 2010, according to The Working Waterfront.

Situated in an idyllic waterfront setting in this beautiful Mt. Desert Island community, Port In A Storm Book Store was in business for more than 16 years. The modern, two-story building was packed to the gills with books of every genre and an incredibly friendly staff that went beyond even the best customer service elements of a book store chain. Locally-run, independently-owned businesses often have that effect, given the ongoing customer-business owner and staff relationships.

The author of the well-written Working Waterfront article, Craig Idlebrook, wrote that competition from the Internet and big box stores as main reasons for Port In A Storm Book Store closing its business.

While, we at VisitingNewEngland.com, enjoy the big box chain book stores, we love the independent book stores even more. Although our time at the Port In A Storm Book Store was limited due to geographical distance, we will remember this special book store destination as unique, well-run, full of great books, and a true service to its community.

Good news from “MaineMoxie” on Twitter:   you can find former Port In a Storm Book Store owner Jan Coates at Island Readers and Writers — providing programs and services that encourage a passion for reading among children living on Maine’s islands. Kudos to Jan!

For now, we’ll savor the presence of other favorite locally-owned book stores like the New England Book Mobile Fair in Newton, Mass., and the Shire Book Shop in Franklin, Mass., and hope that places like these last forever.

In closing, we say “Shop Local, Buy Local.”  Especially in this tough economy, you never know when your favorite local stores will close, so enjoy the time now and keep supporting them!