Local Matters

Community Sponsors

August 26, 2010 - 2:47pm

Local woman opens retail store in Harvester Center

posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, business, Harvester Center, Harvester Avenue.

newbookstore.jpg

After a few years of being unemployed, Mary Holmes decided it was time to open her own store.

"I just finally got tired of working for other people," Holmes said.

The Batavia resident and Attica native owned a crafts store in Albany during her 25 years living there, but with her family's background in flea markets, it was natural that the store would carry a variety of used merchandise.

The primary focus, however, as the name of the store says, is books. The business name is Anything Goes Books and More. It is located in the Harvester Center right on Harvester Avenue.

Holmes has amazing, impressive array of items to sell, but as she expected, most of her customers to this point have been buying books.

She opened the store the first week of August.

And the outlet is a family affair. Some of the merchandise comes from her father's estate and her two bothers and sister help by going to garage sales and flea markets looking for more used items to sell in the store.

"I need the help," Holmes said. "I can't be out there picking stuff and be in here, too."

Right now, the store occupies three office-sized spaces in the Harvester Center. Holmes said it's her dream to see the store expand and carry even more items, or even when its doing well enough to move to Main Street.

She acknowledged that the Harvest Center is a little out of the way for some people, but with the recent addition of some other new businesses in the complex, it's helped her business a lot, she said.

Anthony Timberlake
Anthony Timberlake's picture
Offline
Last seen: 8 years 10 months ago
Joined: May 5 2009 - 3:09pm
This place looks great, I'll have to check it out.
Kim Grant
Kim Grant's picture
Offline
Last seen: 2 years 3 months ago
Joined: Apr 20 2009 - 10:20am
Being an avid reader, I will definitely be stopping in. Can someone post the hours of operation?
Chris Vallett
Chris Vallett's picture
Offline
Last seen: 5 years 7 months ago
Joined: Apr 18 2010 - 7:20pm
56 Harvester Ave. Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm
Irene Will
Irene Will's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 year 3 weeks ago
Joined: Feb 2 2009 - 2:01pm
I am DEFINITELY going to be visiting THIS store !!!! Thanks for posting the article, or I would never even have known it was THERE !!!!!
Joy Bernardini
Joy Bernardini's picture
Offline
Last seen: 5 years 9 months ago
Joined: Jul 13 2010 - 11:19pm
Nice, I'm going to visit for sure. Best wishes to Mary's new business!
Mary Holmes
Mary Holmes's picture
Offline
Last seen: 9 years 7 months ago
Joined: Aug 26 2010 - 8:30pm
For those wishing to visit my store I just changed the hours please stop by and say hi. Be sure to ask about my community corner that benefits local non-profit organizations. My Store hours now are mon 12pm-6pm tue 10am-8pm wed-fri 10am-6pm Later part of Oct I will start weekend hours for the winter. Thanks Howard for doing the article on my store

Post new comment

Log in or register to post comments

Calendar

S M T W T F S
 
 
 
1
 
2
 
3
 
4
 
5
 
6
 
7
 
8
 
9
 
10
 
11
 
12
 
13
 
14
 
15
 
16
 
17
 
18
 
19
 
20
 
21
 
22
 
23
 
24
 
25
 
26
 
27
 
28
 
29
 
30
 
31
 
 

Copyright © 2008-2019 The Batavian. All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
 

blue button