Andover bookstore celebrates silver anniversary

January 24, 2014 by  

John Hugo, owner of the Andover Bookstore, recently that the only bookstore in town is celebrating more than 200 years in Andover and 50 years at its location on North Main Street.

The Andover Bookstore supplies textbooks for Phillips Academy Andover and also has a complete line of gifts and clothing for the school. According to Hugo, this association with the prep school was very much responsible for the success of the store, which has become a pillar in the Andover community. Poster printing is most likely being used by the owner to make the public aware of this special milestone.

The bookstore was originally located on the campus of Phillips Academy and then moved to downtown Andover in the late 1860s. Since then it has moved several times and found its current home in 1863. It has always had close ties to the community and been a unique place for the purchase of books.

It has a working fireplace and a comfortable chair for perusing books over a cup of coffee. It also has a wall with staff recommendations of books, an area for children, a novelty gift area, and seating on the second floor for author events. Throughout the year, the shop has creative classes and poetry readings and hosts local book groups.

Some of the authors who have visited the shop include Mary McGarry Morris, Robert Pinsky, Jay O’Callahan, Andre Dubus, Tomie Depoala and Lois Lowry.

After the Moravian Book Shop in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, it is the second oldest continuously running bookstore in the United States.