Watertown's Reading Room Bookstore To ClosePosted: Updated: Dec 23, 2018 08:57 PM
The Reading Room bookstore opened in June of 2015 at the Salmon Run Mall in the town of Watertown. At the time, there hadn't been a book store in the mall since Borders closed in 2011.
But after three and a half years open, owner LuAnne Rowsam said that with constant competition from online sellers, the store was struggling.
"You know, Amazon can sell things for a lot less than I can," Rowsam said. "We are at the dead end of the mall, though. You know, very little happens at this end, so that attributed to some of it, also."
Rowsam said she tried to find ways to stand out from places like Amazon. Special ordering items not on the shelf, also carrying books written by over one hundred north country authors.
"I've tried it all, I even went online and looked to see what I could do to attract people to the store and everything that was suggested we have done. There was a lack of business, so we just decided it was the right time," Rowsam said.
The things Rowsam said she enjoyed most had to do with highlighting and helping the community.
The store just finished what was called "The Greatest Fundraiser." That brought in over $6,000, which was awarded to the North Country Family Health Center.
Once the bookstore closes at the end of the month, Rowsam will figure out her next chapter.
"A month or two off. And then I'll find something to do. I'd love to have something that I can give back to the community," Rowsam said.