Book 'N' Brush on Market Blvd in Chehalis may be one of our area's oldest bookstores. The long-standing store is heading into its 51st year after recently celebrating its 50th year just last holiday season. Owners David and Beverly Hartz bought the store nearly 51 years ago only then it was not a store but a humble little stand. They named it Book 'N' Brush and so it has been ever since.
Along with books, Book 'N' Brush offers paints and paint supplies as the name suggests. You will also find other art supplies, a custom framing shop, novelty items, children and young adult books as well as toys, journals and stationary. If you are after a certain title or author and don't see what you are looking for Sherry, a long time employee of 7 years or one of the others about the shop will be happy to order it in. "We try to be as accommodating as we can," said Sherry. "Part of the fun is the search."
When asked what she loves most about her job at Book 'N' Brush Sherry, who also does the custom framing, replied "The wearing of many hats and the ability to pick and choose my focus. Definitely working with the community." If one of the regulars has not stopped in for a while, they are certainly missed by those who work in the shop.
Book 'N' Brush offers classes such as watercolor, oil painting, and drawing. "Bring your goals and inspiration," said Sherry. Whatever it is that you want to achieve, the wonderful teachers here will help you get there. Starting up soon, once a month there will also be the exploration of the acrylic pour. You have probably seen finished products of acrylic pour around in various shops. They are usually tiles covered in marbled paint of various colors.
Throughout the year events, and participation in other local events are always being added. "Keep checking in with us," said Sherry. "We are always adding things throughout the year." Last year they participated in the Sasquatch find.
What a wonderful hidden, yet well-known gem, this store is to our community! It is worth the stop on any day.