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|New Galesburg Bookstore Already a Success -- E-MAIL US IF YOU KNOW OF BUSINESSES OPENING OR EXPANDING
|It's only been open the better part of a day and a half, but if empty shelves are any indication, a new downtown bookstore owned by a once-out-of-work radio D.J. is already a success.
Ben "Stone" Stomberg's first full day of operating "Stone Alley Books and Collectibles" on South Seminary Street was Saturday, following a grand opening Friday, and Stone says he's already looking at some pretty empty shelves.
Stone tells WGIL while a lot of planning and work with the Galesburg Entrepreneurship Center led up to this weekend, he had lots of other help he couldn't have lived without.
"I couldn't have possibly opened this store without constant help from my friends and family," Stomberg said. "My family and my friends have been in this store with me around the clock, literally -- sometimes they've even been in here when I've gone home to sleep -- to keep working, to make sure we were ready to open today and tomorrow and every day after that."
"Stone Alley" has a reading area and free wi-fi internet access, children's books, records, and comic books.
Stone has -- or, at least had -- books of all genres in his store, ranging from science fiction series to works of Shakespeare. But we asked him if there was one little hidden gem he'd like a customer to get their hands on. Stone said it was the entire J.R.R. Tolkien "Lord of the Rings" trilogy in a 50th anniversary paperback edition.
"Stone Alley" Books and Collectibles will be open seven days a week.
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(Visitors flock to the grand opening of Stone Alley Books and Collectibles Friday.)
(Stone Alley Books and Collectibles Owner Ben "Stone" Stomberg, in white, works the new computerized inventory system that is in use at the store. WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson.)
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