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Downtown move triples space; Weekend Wonderland events slated in November and December

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Maggie Maes Kids Bookshop is moving across downtown into the former Glass Butterfly dress shop.  A new space, community rooms, gifts and a holiday market, readings and author visits, and, of course, lots of new books — Gresham readers of all ages rejoice as a popular bookstore is expanding to the other side of downtown.

Maggie Mae's Kids Bookshop will take over the former north end of the Glass Butterfly, 50 N.W. First St. The move from the current store, 43 N.W. Third St., represents more than a tripling in size.

"We are moving so we can continue to grow and become Gresham's top spot for books and gifts," said owner Soshanna "Sho" Roberts.

The relocation makes for an increase from 800 square feet to 3,000 square feet. The plan is to expand the young adult and teen book selections, as well as the gift and toys available. Maggie Mae's plans on holding larger events, and renting out an event space to the community.

PMG FILE PHOTO - By tripling its space, owner Soshanna Sho Roberts wants to have more community events and books.  "It is only two blocks from our current space, therefore it will be easy for our customers to continue supporting us and the other downtown shops they love," Roberts said.

During the renovations Maggie Mae's has rediscovered the stained glass and old doors that gave so much charm to the former dress shop. They plan on incorporating those to create a "cozy bookshop" for all.

Maggie Mae's will officially open the doors to the new location in January 2023. Until then, they will make use of the new space and celebrate the expansion with a Weekend Wonderland in the coming months.

The pop-up event will have local, curated and handcrafted items from vendors as well as books and bargains from Maggie Mae's. The Weekend Wonderland will run from 5-8 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays, and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays in the new space, 50 N.W. First St., the weekends of Nov. 25-27, Dec. 2-4, Dec. 9-11, and Dec. 16-18.

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