Ye Olde Warwick Book Shoppe to close in August
WARWICK. Everything is on sale, including the furnishings and the fixtures.

Photo by Roger Gavan Ye Olde Warwick Book Shoppe to close in August.

Ye Olde Warwick Book Shoppe, located at 31 Main St. in the Village of Warwick, will close this month.
"Sadly the time has come for Ye Olde Warwick Shoppe to say good-bye," said proprietor Thomas G. Roberts. "After a disastrous year and a half of plummeting sales, we can no longer keep the doors open.
"We've loved being part of the fabric of Warwick for the last seven and a half years," Roberts added, "so it is with a heavy heart that I had to decide to close the doors. We will be here probably until mid August, and in the meantime, stop on by. Everything in the Shoppe is on sale, including the furnishings and the fixtures."
A downtown destination since 2012
Ye Olde Warwick Book Shoppe has been part of the attraction to downtown Warwick and Main Street since 2012.
On April 27 of that year Mayor Michael Newhard, members of the Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce and other friends and supporters joined partners Thomas Roberts and Joseph Justin to celebrate the grand opening of their first business venture.
A place to browse, feel
At that time a small independent bookstore was the one big missing piece to the overall collective commercial shopping scene. It was to be a place to browse, feel, smell and simply enjoy a good book.
Last year, New Yorker Cartoonist, humorist and best-selling author Bob Eckstein, who loves bookstores and had recently authored a new book, "Footnotes from the World's Greatest Bookstores," visited Ye Olde Warwick Book Shoppe.
'Don't forget to shop local'
"The bookstore," he said, "is the cultural center of the community. And these small stores, in fact all small businesses, are the ones whose taxes pay for local services like the police department. We need to support them."
Nevertheless, with fewer people reading books and competition from the Internet, it was difficult for a small bookstore to survive.
"Everyone on Main Street is struggling," said Roberts, who is also past president of the Warwick Merchant Guild, "so please don't forget to shop local. Put down that mouse, pick your favorite store and patronize them. With warmest wishes, I thank you."
- Roger Gavan