December 6, 2013

New bookstore opens in Plattsburgh

PLATTSBURGH — A new store has allowed a local man to start a new chapter and realize a lifelong desire.

Steve McDonald recently opened Lake City Books at 164 Boynton Ave.

The shop features new and what he described as “gently read” books, which are used books in like-new condition.

Customers can buy, sell or trade books and movies. There is also a small cafe, with coffee, tea, hot chocolate and baked goods, such as muffins, turnovers and doughnuts.

Several tables and chairs are located near a bank of windows along the southern wall, adding to the shop’s bright interior. Free wireless Internet service is available.

McDonald said the business gives him a chance to meet new people and serve the needs of those who prefer print to digital media.

“I’m still convinced there is a segment of the population that prefers print media,” he said.


Two who share that train of thought were at the store Tuesday morning. Jan Stanley and Tamia Gastio, sitting together with some hot beverages and snacks, both said they were pleased that the bookstore had opened.

“I was so excited. I live right in the neighborhood, so I can walk over,” Stanley said.

Gastio said a bookstore is a special place to her, with everything the imagination could desire, from history to travel to humor to fiction. Lake City Books reminds her of Barnes and Noble, just on a smaller scale.

“I just like the ambiance of this place,” she said.

Stanley said a book provides a sense of possession that electronic readers can’t match.

“I still like curling up with a good book. There’s nothing like it,” she said.


McDonald said bookstores have been in his family for years.

His mother, Wanda McDonald, owned Half Price Bookstore in downtown Plattsburgh for about two decades, until she sold it in the mid ’90s.

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