Lewiston bookstore stays in business by filling boxes instead of shelves – Lewiston Sun Journal

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Lewiston bookstore stays in business by filling boxes instead of shelves – Lewiston Sun Journal

Courtney Schlachter fills orders of second hand books at Quiet City Books in downtown Lewiston. Schlachter started shipping “social distancing book boxes” when her business was forced to close because of the coronavirus. Daryn Slover/Sun Journal Buy this Photo

Shortly before the coronavirus pandemic crushed many small businesses across Maine, Courtney Schlachter noticed book sales had begun to slow at her downtown Lewiston bookstore.

As news about the virus spread, Schlachter made the connection. “It occurred to me that people were not going out.”

It wasn’t long before businesses began to close. “I realized that I needed to close my doors as well,” said Schlachter.

“The thought of losing income made me panic. I did not know what to do,” said the owner of Quiet City Books, a small, independent bookstore on Lisbon Street.

Two weeks after temporarily closing up shop, Schlachter has a new problem. Her shelves need more books.

“My book shelves are getting floppy.”

With so many people home from work and school being canceled, people need books. And Schlachter is sending them books, one box full at a time.

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