Beloved book shop will host community thank you party on Sunday, November 9 from noon to 5 p.m.
By Broadway Books
For the Hollywood Star News
At last, we can announce our Big News. Broadway Books has a new co-owner! As Roberta Dyer retires, stepping into her place as Sally McPherson’s new business partner is Kim Bissell, whom many of you may have already met (she’s been working at the store since early September). Kim and her family (husband Dan, daughters Ky and Sylvie) have lived in Irvington for ten years. Some will know her from her community involvement, including the Irvington Home Tour. She brings to the store an enthusiastic spirit, a head full of ideas and plans, a willingness to work hard, a warm and friendly personality and the skill to learn quickly. Although this is her first bookstore gig, she is no stranger to bookstores. She even met her husband in a bookstore! She’s also (no small point) a voracious and eclectic reader. We knew the first time we sat down with her that she was a book person down to her bones. We could not be happier that we found just the right person.
Roberta has been a bookseller since graduating from college in 1970. That’s 44 years of slinging stories. Almost exactly half of those years have been spent behind the counter, in front of the counter and lurking in the aisles — helping customers, ordering books, receiving books, shelving books and selling books at 1714 N.E. Broadway.
“It has been a pleasure, a challenge, a wild ride, a great deal of fun and a privilege to be the owner of your neighborhood bookstore,” Roberta said. “I have not done this alone. I have been blessed with an incredible staff and two amazing business partners. Gloria Borg Olds, with whom I opened the store in 1992, staggered with me through some lean years and celebrated some not-as-lean years. We held hands through it all and were fond of saying that a business partnership was like a marriage, only more polite. Sally McPherson, my partner for almost eight years now, came to me as a longtime book-industry professional and saved my life. If not for her, I’m sure the store would have closed when the lease was up. She breathed new energy into the business and in the process became my dear friend. She is without a doubt the best book person I know.”
Broadway Books is hosting a Thank-You-to-the-Community Party. It will take place Sunday, November 9 from noon to 5 p.m. The store is offering an open invitation to book lovers, readers and long-time supporters.
The party will include cake, champagne, loads of laughter and maybe some tears. Attendees will have an opportunity to thank Roberta for her years of bringing great books and authors to the community and to meet Kim. For those who want to shop, on November 9 only, the store is offering a 23 percent discount on the entire purchase in honor of its 23rd year in business.
One final note from Roberta: “I’m not really leaving. I’ll be working a couple of days a week through the end of the year, and perhaps after that, if they need me and I am available. I prefer to think that I am not retiring but rather transitioning to Bookseller Emeritus.”
For more information: Broadway Books, 1714 N.E. Broadway, (503) 284-1726, broadwaybooks.net.