The Book Nook closing

A business that has been a staple in this region for 45 years is closing the book on its service to the community at the end of this month.

In a commentary on today’s Opinion page, Patricia Pelletter Donovan and Richard Donovan are announcing The Book Nook, located in the D&F Plaza since 1959, will be closing May 31.

“After a nearly 45-year run, the time has come to say goodbye,” the letter written by the couple states. “It has been our honor and privilege to serve this community, but times have changed to the point where the community no longer chooses to support its own bookstore.”

Founded July 1, 1968, by Phillip and Louise Pelletter, the business was not only about books. In the 1980s, it diversified to offer T-shirts, telephones and greeting cards as well as offering local authors a chance to meet the public through book signings.

“There are many reasons we will miss doing business here in Dunkirk-Fredonia,” states the letter. “We did our best to provide a true small-town, friendly atmosphere. Countless patrons became friends; strangers would stop in for advice, information, or directions; and so many community members would stop in just to chat and be a part of our wonderful Dunkirk-Fredonia community.”

Click on the link to view the letter.