Bookstore Celebrates 10 Years and Independence

L to R: Previous owner Katie Gustafson, original owner Holly Richardson, current owners Bob and Shannon Lingle

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Off the Beaten Path Bookstore

Off the Beaten Path Bookstore (28 Chautauqua Ave. Lakewood, NY) has a couple reasons to celebrate on April 27. For the last five years, Independent Bookstore Day (IBD) has fallen on the last Saturday of April. IBD is an event that independent bookstores participate in nationwide, by offering exclusive items, discounts, and small parties to thank their communities for shopping small. April also marks the ten year anniversary for Off the Beaten Path, which was first opened by Holly Richardson in 2009.

“I love the quote by Neil Gaiman, ‘A town isn’t a town without a bookstore.'” Said owner, Bob Lingle. “We are continuously looking for ways to integrate our store into the community, through events at the library, local schools, and especially giving people a reason to come into our store.”

There will be plenty of reasons to come into the store on April 27 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. There will be giveaways, both books and audiobooks, exclusive items only found at participating independent bookstores, cookies, and original owner Holly Richardson will be on the grill serving up free hot dogs.

Exclusive items are on a first come, first serve availability. They will include signed books from best-selling authors, pins, vinyl albums, art work, and more.

To find out more information about this event and other store offerings, you can find Off the Beaten Path Bookstore on Facebook and Instagram @OBPBooks, and on their website,