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A new used book store opens in a small space along Grant Street with hopes of growing

JOHN BAKER - Megan Waterman has opened the Book Nook at 181 N. Grant St., but has plenty of help with the family-run business. Her new store has an eclectic mix of books, as well as other items.

Area bibliophiles rejoice, a new option in the world of book acquisition and appreciation has just opened its doors in Canby.

The Book Nook is in the midst of its grand opening this week at 181 N. Grant St., offering used books, as well as other items that may be appealing.

It's a labor of love for Megan Waterman, who along with her husband Paul, are self-professed book nerds.

"We'd been selling antique books and furniture in Aurora for about two years, but I realized I preferred the books and not the antique furniture," said Waterman. "So, it morphed into selling books."

The family has lived in Canby for four-plus years and as the dream of focusing on books came into sharper focus, the idea of opening a small bookstore in Canby soon became a reality. The Book Nook had its soft opening last week and is having a week-long grand opening this week.

"We're having a raffle and book-related gifts," Waterman said. "Every time you make a purchase, your name will go in for the raffle drawing (On Dec. 16)."

Waterman she and her husband's first blind date was at a book store and that their shared loved of books helped push things along. Now, they and their six teen children are all part of the new venture.

"One of our favorite things to do is to explore these wonderful book stores in tiny towns," she said. "And we kind of caught the bug to do it ourselves."

The Book Nook carries everything from children's books to vintage and antique works. Every book costs half the cover price. The store also offers trade credit at 25 percent of the cover price, which can be used to pay for half of a purchase.

"I'm trying to make reading kind of fun and affordable. I love the hunt for those fun little treasures," she said. "I really enjoy chatting with people who come in and talking about their favorite authors and book series.

"I wanted to start small, and we are," she added. "The dream is to grow and perhaps move to a bigger place or add a place for book clubs and co-ops. I believe in starting small, not biting off more than I can chew."

And to further her new venture, she's taking small business administration courses at Clackamas Community College.

The Book Nook is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, though Waterman said she will take feedback on what hours work best for customers. For more information, check out the website at www.booknookcanby.com or on Facebook at The Book Nook.

"We're going for comfortable and casual (at the store)," she said. "We want people to come in and feel like they can browse, chat or have a nice quiet place to wander around."

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