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Write an Essay, Win a Bookstore

By Lynsey Noe

Ever dreamed of owning a bookstore? Well, now might be your chance!

Kevin and Kasey Coolidge, owners of From My Shelf Books & Gifts in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, are hosting a contest for one lucky person to become the new owner of the bookstore:

Rather than liquidate the stock, the couple decided that Wellsboro still needs a bookstore, and asked themselves why someone else should have to start from scratch.

“My husband and I grew up here,” said Kasey. “We believe Wellsboro deserves a bookstore. Kevin and I thought it would be nice to be able to pay it forward and give someone else the opportunity, especially since starting a business is hard.”

To enter the contest, contestants pay a $75 entry fee and write a 250-word essay on why a bookstore is important to a community.

Entries must be postmarked by March 31, 2018.

The Coolidge’s need to receive 4,000 entries in order to cover expenses when the store is passed on. If they do not receive that many, all entry fees will be returned or the contest will be extended to a later date.

More information can be found at the From My Shelf blog.