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Long standing business moved to new location

By Staff | Mar 9, 2016

MacIntosh Books and Paper Manager Rebecca Binkowski. MEGHAN MCCOY

A business that has offered a warm welcome to all of its customers, with a great deal of knowledge, for more than 60 years, moved to its fifth location here on the island.

“It’s a Sanibel tradition,” MacIntosh Books and Paper Manager Rebecca Binkowski said of the store’s 66 years of operation. “For us it’s more about relationships with customers.”

MacIntosh Books, which originally opened in March 1960 on the east end of the island, continues to provide a unique Indie bookstore feel for everyone who walks through its doors.

“I love to give that experience to other people,” she said about her love of reading.

The welcoming atmosphere is made possible by its seasoned booksellers, book advocates, who are true book lovers and passionate readers eager to help an individual find the perfect book.

“Our staff has never been better. We are all rooted in the community,” Binkowski said.

On Dec. 31, 2015, MacIntosh Books closed the doors of its Periwinkle Place location at noon, so they could prepare to open its new location the following morning, Jan. 1, in Palm Ridge Place.

Binkowski said they celebrated the New Year at the picnic tables before opening the doors at 10 a.m.

“We are thankful to our dear friends and customers,” she said, who provided a helping hand in preparing the store. “Great supporters was essential.”

The new location, 2330 Palm Ridge Road, next to Sanibel Deli & Coffee Factory, has been a tremendous success thus far. Binkowski said the plaza has a great combination of established businesses, as well as new businesses, providing a great family feeling.

“It’s a really nice energy of like-minded people,” she said.

In addition to the family feel, the new location has provided the bookstore with additional space that is much brighter. With the larger space, customers now have a place to sit down to enjoy a cup of coffee, read a book, or discuss a book with others, in two comfortable chairs towards the back half of the store.

Binkowski said she has found that the chairs have provided an inviting feel, allowing for customers to stay a while longer.

The space has also allowed the business to expand its card line, kid’s section and cooking section. Another new addition appears on the wall to the right as customers enter the store. A display of Indie’s best sellers are changed on a monthly display.

She said everything else has remained status quo with the selection of fiction, nonfiction and mysteries. The bookstore also offers a selection of puzzles, Florida history books, stories about the islands, custom and regular stationary and journals.

A display of all of the booksellers recommendations, including Binkowski’s daughters, is located near the front of the store.

“We have an amazing staff of readers,” she said. “It lends itself to a selection of books that spans all genres.”

The space has also provided an opportunity to offer more events for its customers. She said the March calendar is really strong.

The upcoming March events at MacIntosh Books include:

Ron Base, a former journalist, magazine writer and author of “The Four Wives of the Sanibel Sunset Detective,” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, March 11.

Beth Carter, debut author of “Thursdays at Coconuts” from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 17.

Kristy Harvey Woodson, debut author of “Dear Carolina” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, March 18.

Ilie Ruby, author of “The Salt God’s Daughter” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 22.

To view more events, visit www.macintoshbooks.com.

The hours are 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

MacIntosh Books also doubled its space at the Franklin Shops in Downtown Fort Myers providing more children’s books. Binkowski said it’s nice to have an Indie presence in Fort Myers as well.

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