Gallery to take bookstore’s space |

Gallery to take bookstore’s space

Marcus Ashley Galleries is set to move into Neighbors Bookstore’s spot at the Village Center next month.

As reported previously in the Tribune, Neighbors will shut its doors Jan. 19, according to store owner Michael Stroschein. The store hasn’t covered its overhead costs since the second year it was open, he said.

The gallery has been at its location in the Village Center for four years, just as long as Neighbors.

Terry Hackett, Village Center owner, said the move will take place at the end of the month after Neighbors moves out.

Gallery owner Ashley Mattilla said she is sad about the bookstore leaving.

Other store owners in the center expressed the same emotion.

“You hate to see anyone who works as hard as them decide not to continue,” said Gloria Wood, owner of Hot Cha Cha.

Hackett said even major bookstores are having a hard time now because of the Internet.

“Neighbors is unfortunately in an industry where the margins are very thin,” Hackett said.

Even though the bookstore will be missed, Mattilla is optimistic about her expanded store.

She said the store will be able to showcase vintage photos, sculptures, provide custom framing and more artist meet-and-greet events.

She said with 4,400 square feet, the gallery will be able to offer a larger variety to appeal to more clients.

As for the bookstore, it’s set for a proper sendoff. Neighbors’ farewell party, featuring food and music, is scheduled for Jan. 19.

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