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Penguin Book Shop

420 Beaver St 
Sewickley, PA 15143
Phone: (412) 741-3838
Website: pittsburgh.citysearch.com...
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Penguin Book Shop Penguin Book Shop : New Books, Sewickley, PA

by C Templeton at Citysearch

Posted on Citysearch on 2/22/2011
Modern store with old-time, friendly service
I have lived in Sewickley all of my life and there have been many retail changes in the Village over the years. When I heard that the previous owner of the Penguin Bookstore was quitting the business, I was truly sad to see the old place go. For year's, my children had visited the old window to see ""O'Henry"", the shop's cat. First ""O'Henry"" passed on and now the shop itself. I guess I wasn't really shocked, the owner had said she really hated the ""business side"" of the store.\r\rWhen I heard that the new owners were going to tear the old house that the Penguin was in, I thought that they were going to ruin everything, find that the ""Sewickley market"" was not what they thought it was and then they would leave the business completely.\r\rWhat replaced the old house was a three story, modern building with an elevator, sunroom and a working fireplace. A real improvement but one that lacked the old, dusty bookstore charm.\r\rI went in on the day of the grand re-opening and found a crowded shop with plenty of locals looking around at the new place. I went back later that day and actually bought a book as a gift for a friend who was with me during that first visit. My overall feeling about the place was that it was a beautiful new building but perhaps it had lost the charm of the old store. \r\rI went back though over the next few weeks and found that the original impression was correct in some ways but wrong in others. The store is still modern and fully up-to-date but one charming piece of the old store remained, customer service. The staff has an interest in books, is glad to answer your questions and is down-right friendly. Yes, they do not have a cat but every morning a Border Collie stops on its walk and gets a treat from the staff. Kids come in and can't wait to get upstairs to the Children's Section, which is carefully placed so that other customers are not disturbed by youthful exuberance.\r\rAs for finding hidden treasures, just ask them about a hard to f




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