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Mar 31, 2009 6:55 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

The Open Book reopens in Westhampton Beach

Mar 31, 2009 6:55 PM

The Open Book on Main Street in Westhampton Beach reopened earlier this week after a scheduled two-month closure, though not everything else went as planned.

Terry Lucas, the original owner of the village bookstore, reopened for business over the weekend after her plan to sell the business to a former employer fell apart. Ms. Lucas, who has owned the Main Street business for the past 10 years, had intended to sell the shop to Jocelyn Maningo of East Moriches.

“The deal fell through, although I’m not 100 percent sure why it fell through,” said Ms. Lucas, who had planned on selling her business so she could spend more time with her family. “Maybe the economy and concern about business.”

Ms. Maningo could not be immediately reached for comment.

Starting this Monday, The Open Book is open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. six days a week, excluding Wednesdays when it is closed. Ms. Lucas said that the store will be open seven days a week starting in mid-May.

Another change introduced by Ms. Lucas, who also works three days a week as a reference librarian at Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton Village, is that The Open Book will also now offer gently used books. Those books will vary in price and range from as little as 50 cents to $8 each, she said.

“We’re responding to the economy,” Ms. Lucas said, adding that the store will also offer more paperbacks than it has in the past.

Additionally, the store will increase its children’s programs, Ms. Lucas said. She also plans on hosting a classics book club and members will meet once a month. Ms. Lucas offered “Cannery Row” by John Steinbeck and “Persuasion” by Jane Austen as potential titles for discussion. Other book clubs could also be offered in the future, depending on public demand.

“People thought I was gone,” said Ms. Lucas, who lives in Westhampton. “I have to get out there and show them that we’re here and that we want to be a community bookstore.”

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You go, girl!
By barnbabe (64), westhampton beach on Mar 30, 09 3:28 PM
Welcome back !!!!
By westhamptonboy (227), Westhampton on Mar 30, 09 3:32 PM
glad you are back, and glad you got an article
we would much rather feed our book addiction at the Open Book than the chains . . . best of luck!
By quioguebirdfreak (25), quiogue on Mar 30, 09 10:59 PM
I'll make it a point to stop by. I'm an avid reader but I often by used books on line to save a few bucks - if you're offering gently used books at reduced rates I'd rather buy locally then from out of area vendors.
By North of Highway (280), Westhampton Beach on Apr 1, 09 10:58 AM