296 Walnut St.
Mary Cotton has been the owner of Newtonville Books for two years. She always wanted to own a book store and when the opportunity presented itself, “We jumped in.”
The first thing one notices about Newtonville is that it is a handsome store. The walls and lighting are warm, and it’s a nice place to browse. The second thing one notices is that the selection of books is smart and care has been taken in selecting. Newtonville is west of Boston in the city of Newton, near Boston College. I got there by commuter rail. Says Cotton about her selection of books, “We’re picky about what we have and what we’ll take.”
One of the sections they pay particular attention to is their large children’s section. Nearly half of the store is especially curated for children. They have a lot of children’s events at Newtonville — reflective of the community’s family orientation.
They have a lot of events overall. They have a lot of book clubs. “People want to talk about books,” says Cotton — who is also on the masthead of the lit mag POST ROAD. “Our customers want to talk about books, and they are supportive of small businesses.”
Visiting this shop was well worth the train ride!