The independent bookstore is alive and well, and Jennifer Blab of Kennett Square is betting a new chapter of her life on people buying real books in real stores. After reading on Facebook that Rebecca Dowling was closing Hockessin BookShelf to relocate to California, Blab called Dowling and made an offer. A few weeks later, the former Kennett Library staff person became the new owner of the store at 7179 Lancaster Pike.
Established in 2002, the Hockessin BookShelf carries both new and used books. The tiny (826 square feet) store is the center for many community events, hosting author and non-author events, books clubs, and workshops.
The store is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.