Just One More Page Books is closing up shop at the end of April.
Owner Laura Wulff cited personal reasons in her decision to close the shop, which she opened on 25 E. Tioga St. in November of 2017.
It was a dream of Wulff’s to sell books in her own shop since Chapters, an old Tunkhannock bookstore, closed while she was in high school.
“We did want to stay longer, but for personal reasons, I need to be home more,” she said. “We’re not busy enough to hire an employee to be here when I can’t. Shopping local and foot traffic isn’t enough at this point to pay for us to have an employee.”
Since it opened, Just One More Page Books has been active in the community, participating in events such as Wyoming County Reads and the Dietrich Theater’s Winterfest.
Through Just One More Page, Wulff offers books in a variety of genres for all age groups, including works written by local authors. The store also carries gift items and offers discounts to educators buying books for their classrooms.
“We love the idea of a bookstore,” she said. “Not just to keep people reading, but it’s like a sense of community when you come in.”
Wulff said she’ll miss her customers the most, many of which are sad to hear she’s closing the store.
Helping customers find books they love has been her favorite aspect of the business, especially when it comes to young children who say they don’t enjoy reading at first.
Despite losing its community bookstore, Wulff hopes residents of Tunkhannock and beyond continue to recognize the importance of reading.
“It’s been proven that kids who are read to just cognitively are more advanced in school and struggle a little bit less, so that’s so important, but you bond with your children a lot more over reading,” she said.
Not only is reading a way to relax, but studies show it could delay Alzheimer’s disease, she added.
Until the end of April, or until the books sell out, Wulff is offering 40 percent off new books and 30 percent off gift items. Customers can also fill up a bag with bargain books for $10 or used books for $5.
Book shelves and other fixtures in the store are also for sale.
Nancy Parlo, president of the Tunkhannock Business and Professional Association said it’s always a sad time when a local business closes, and that bookstores are “such a wonderful place.”
“Each business in town has a unique personality and I think [Laura] contributed to the overall feel of just being a unique place to visit in Tunkhannock,” Parlo said.
Losing businesses is a problem all over, she said, and the TBPA has been in talks with borough officials about collaborative efforts that can be taken to fill in some empty storefronts in the area.
Twitter’s Gifts and Consignments is also leaving Tioga Street, but moving to a new location in Meshoppen.
Starting the first weekend in May, the shop will operate at 1574 Dougherty Road.
Wulff said she hopes people continue to support other local stores in the area.
“There’s really not anything that you can’t find right here in town and if you can’t find it, each and every one of the local business owners would bend over backwards to help you find what you’re looking for if you just ask,” she said.