After ten-plus years as an antiquarian bookshop in Chestertown, the Chestertown Old Book Co.is closing. Gerry Cataldo first opened the bookshop on Cannon Street and a few years later moved it to South Cross Street.
“It’s obvious to everyone that book selling, publishing and buying are undergoing rapid changes. The antiquarian book business, in particular, is a challenge today. People’s reading habits are changing, we have a struggling economy that affects collectors, and unless you’re located in a bustling downtown business environment, the internet becomes the playing field. Our best walk-in business was always during special town events when visitors, tourists, parents of students, would stop in and browse and we’d make contact and end up doing some business. I don’t know if it’s the same for other businesses in town, but that was our experience. We had our wonderful local ‘friends of the shop’ of course, who came in regularly to say hello and see what we had in stock. I will miss them. All I can say is thank you, we tried, and I wish things had turned out better.”
In the coming weeks the Old Book Co. will be offering significant discounts on remaining stock, furnishings, bookcases, display cases etc. Cataldo says: “We are open to all reasonable offers and ideas, and that includes interest in the entire business…the business name, stock, furnishings, memberships, reputation, etc. as a turnkey operation.” Contact Gerry at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 443-480-3226.”
In 2006 the Old Book Co. launched Chester River Press, fine press printers and publishers. The Press has published over twenty books, many by local authors and many in limited letterpress printings. Chester River Press plans to continue to provide publishing services, and can be reached at email@example.com.