Scattered Books in Chappaqua is a family affair – The Journal News | LoHud.com
NEW CASTLE – Laura Scott Schaefer feels like Scattered Books was meant to be.
From a positive communityÂ responseÂ to help from her new family to finding the right location at 29 King Street in Chappaqua, Schaefer’s store came together in less than two months.
“It was like a wave started,” saidÂ Schaefer, a lawyer turned children’s author, who has published four books in the last five years.Â “I kind of hopped on and itâs going, and itâs been a complete family and community effort thatâs carrying it along.”
Schaefer first had the idea for a book store six months ago, but didn’tÂ act on it until eight weeks ago, when the storefront on King Street, just off South Greeley Avenue, became available on what she called “appealing” terms.Â She started soliciting feedback online, taking to the Chappaqua Moms Facebook group, where she said hundreds of comments made her feel like the store could be a success.
From there, it was down to cajoling her new husband Kenny, who she married last year, and her parents, into supporting the new endeavor. Her children pitched in, too.
On Saturday, the store opened to great response from the community.
âWe did sell a lot of books, we are getting a lot more in,” she said. “People just stopped in to say hello and welcome. It was very nice.â
Chappaqua-Millwood Chamber of Commerce President Dawn Dankner-Rosen was not surprised by the reception Scattered Books received.
“A book store is definitely a top priority for people to have here,” she said. “We’re a community of readers and thinkers.”
Moving forward, Schaefer hopes the store can be a community center, not only for book lovers, but for people of all ages. She intends to host programs and events, from book-making classes for children,Â to a teen book club,Â to late shopping nights to help adults get their hands on new books.
If everything canÂ comeÂ together asÂ quickly and fortuitously as it did the last two months, Schaefer has hope.
âAll of this stuff gives me the perspective that things are possible,” she said. “A dream can be possible.Â Nowadays,Â itâs kind of hard to think that sometimes.â