Buyer found for Downtown Books; Craig’s only bookstore poised to stay open
Craig — Cheer and excitement rang through Downtown Books on Wednesday evening after owner Terry Carwile shared the good news that he found a buyer — Liane Davis-Kling — for his bookstore.
After letting it sit on the market for two years, Carwile announced last week that he would be closing the store Jan. 15.
The announcement brought forth interest from a couple of prospective buyers, one of whom, Davis-Kling, made an offer Wednesday to Re/Max realtor Sandra King.
“I am ecstatic about the news,” Carwile said. “It means that the bookstore will continue.”
Carwile said Davis-Kling has been a longtime patron.
“I guess it finally dawned on her that I was serious about closing this place,” Carwile said. “She’s an educator, a retired teacher up at the high school, and so she will bring a lot of energy, a lot of creativity to the business, and already she has ideas about what she wants to do.”
Carwile said they plan to close the deal by Dec. 31.
“It’ll be her baby after we sign on the dotted line,” he said. “I’m happy. The most important thing is that the store will remain in business. That’s been the most important objective for me all along.”
Davis-Kling, a recently retired Moffat County High School history teacher of 33 years, expressed excitement about the deal.
“I’ve always loved books,” she said. “My nickname (as a kid) was bookworm.”
Davis-Kling meets friends for coffee every Saturday at the bookstore and didn’t want to see the place go.
“It’s kind of like a neighborhood gathering place,” she said. “I think it’s important for it to stay open, first of all, so we aren’t having any more businesses close downtown. Second, there’s a lot of people that depend on the bookstore.”
Carwile and everyone at the bookstore Wednesday afternoon — including employee Shirley Simpson and coffee shop patrons Joanne Baxter and Glenda Bellio — agreed wholeheartedly that Liane was the perfect person to take over the bookstore.
“I’ve known Liane forever, and she’ll be wonderful,” Simpson said, who couldn’t contain her excitement about the news. “She’ll be a great person to do this.”
“I told Shirley that I might call Liane and say thank you for the early Christmas present,” Baxter said. “Liane will be a great owner. I’ve known her since she was in high school. She knows people in this county and she knows about them. She loves Craig, and she loves this county.”
Bellio, who came in moments after Baxter left, expressed similar sentiments.
“I was coming in prepared to be all bummed out, and now I’m so excited,” Bellio said. “I don’t think you coulda found a better one (owner) if you went looking for them.”
Davis-Kling, a knowledgeable reader who was already helping customers pick out books Thursday morning, said she plans to keep things “status quo” for now but can’t wait to start going through the books and getting things set up.
“The Grinch did not steal Christmas!” Carwile said. “I appreciate the support that I’ve received from the community and am very grateful. … I hope they continue to support the business. It really has become one of the anchor businesses down here.”
Contact Lauren Blair at 970-875-1794 or lblair@CraigDailyPress.com.