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Heard Around Rochester: Another used bookstore adds to Rochester's bibliophile portfolio

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Lisa Loucks Christenson’s plans for opening a new and used bookstore in Rochester took an unexpected twist that ended with two Med City literary shops.
With her husband, David Christenson, she opened a store to sell new books called Peacock Books & Wildlife Art in the Kahler Grand Hotel in downtown Rochester in August.

The Christensons also had five school libraries worth of books they had purchased in storage for their original plan to open a new and used store. Issues with the planned location of the store sidetracked that idea.

To complement the Peacock store and start selling those ex-library books, they opened Lisa’s Books earlier this month at 1621 North Broadway in the River Center Plaza.

That’s the 2,000-square-foot space that once housed Peg Arnold’s A Child’s Kingdom toy store. Lisa’s Books is next door to Nuggle Bug Cloth Diaper Service and Boutique.

Christenson says Lisa’s Books offers a variety of used and new books. It has a strong children and young adult section with about 10,000 books. The store carries about 2,000 Christian-related titles and a selection of large-print books. The store also carries new copies of local authors.


Lisa’s Books will consider buying used book collections, but they ask that people set up appointments for that.

The store also features framed wildlife photography of Lisa Loucks Christenson and fantasy artwork by their daughter, Emme Christenson.

Peacock and Lisa’s Books join the Rochester Public Library’s Friends of the Library used bookstore at the libraryand Barnes & Nobleat the Apache Mall. Paperback Book Palaceis located at Cedarwood Plaza.

A sixth store, Scott Hoss’ Collective used book shop is in the works for the second floor of The Castle Community project on North Broadway.

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