By McCalee Cain
For years, bibliophiles have turned to Jim Orbaugh of the Corner Bookstore for good reads and good conversations alike. Today, one in search of either would no longer go to the corner of First Avenue and Main Street, but rather, to the store’s new location on Fourth Street.
Orbaugh recently made the move to 405 N Fourth Ave. after 19 years on the corner that was the namesake of his locally-beloved bookstore. The original storefront is now home to Finan McDonald’s clothing store expansion.
“I love the new location,” Orbaugh said. “I hope it’s not too difficult for tourists to find, but hopefully the two-way street situation will help in that regard.”
While Orbaugh is pleased with the new storefront, the transition was far from a breeze.
“I would never do it again,” he said of the challenging move. “If I ever have to sell the place, I’ll probably lock the door and run off and move to China or something.”
A recent cancer surgery didn’t make the transition any easier for Orbaugh.
“A year ago, I had a stage four cancer operation, and I was going through getting over that, plus packing 425 cases of books by myself, and taking down the book cases,” Orbaugh said. “The move was extremely difficult.”
With the help of some supporters, the job was finally done. He expressed his great appreciation for multiple community members’ assistance, including Patrick Feyen, Ben Tate and Patti and Carl Pietron.
The Corner Bookstore will celebrate the move with a grand opening sale scheduled for July 5-15. Everything in the store will be on sale from 20-50 percent off.
Whether you’re a die-hard science fiction fan or a romance novel connoisseur, you can stop by The Corner Bookstore to satisfy all of your literary cravings 10-5, Tuesdays through Saturdays.