Used books for Bel Air

Julia Foster, Reporter

A new, used bookstore, Caprichos, had its soft opening last month at the Bel Air Armory Marketplace.  According to the Bel Air Patch, the store was a result of the owners’ “expanding collection of books that outgrew their Bel Air home.”

     Owners Liz and Jeff Decker are both book fanatics. They named the store after an island in their favorite book.   “You can be and do anything you want there. We are often told by visitors that it’s their dream to open a bookstore and it makes me smile because I’m working to make my own dream come true.”

   Decker said that they “recognized the need for a bookstore and wanted to get our start with used because I’m passionate about sustainability and recycling.”  They added that “The Armory Marketplace incubator program has allowed us to get our start much earlier than we anticipated and we hope to grow our business and stay within the downtown area.”  

     They also have several author signings in the works and hope to offer some classes and events soon. The Armory Marketplace also had the grand opening on September 21,  were Caprichos books were able to kick off their membership program. The store offers used books as well as a buyback and trade program.

     Caprichos Books has some great artists who repurpose paper materials into things like jewelry and wreaths. They also have literary themed gifts such as bookmarks, keychains and pins. You will be able to find locally made snacks and drinks including coffee from 100%  NH librarian Mrs. Bridget Crenshaw said, “I think repurposing is great and I definitely support any type of bookstore, especially local. I didn’t know about this new store, but now that I do I am definitely interested in visiting.”

     “The best thing about being a small business owner so far,” said Decker “is seeing the excitement from others that our business exists and knowing that we are in a good place to grow into a cornerstone of our community.”

     This store is a new and exciting addition to the town of Bel Air, even Gov. Larry Hogan stopped by during his visit to Bel Air for the annual BBQ bash.  Be sure to visit them online and instore and support small local business at 37 North Main Street, Suite 102, in Bel Air.