B-TOWN BIZ: New Owners Moving Burien Books To Olde Burien

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“I’m extremely passionate about books and history and I care deeply for continuing with the small independent shops that help preserve the cultural enrichment of Burien,” Allison Lee-Moore, new owner of Burien Books told The B-Town Blog.

But Allison has even bigger news for our readers – she will be moving this longtime Burien treasure to Olde Burien. Allison will be shutting her doors at her current location (634 SW 152nd) on June 1, and re-opening at 824 SW 152nd (formerly Marie’s Classic Tailor)  “on or around June 21.”

Burien Books was purchased by the current owners, Allison and her husband Wesley Moore after founder and long-time owner Virginia Pearce passed away (read our previous coverage here).

New owner Allison Lee-Moore is moving longtime local business Burien Books to Olde Burien.

“I want to honor Virginia’s legacy in a respectful way,” said Allison. “But there will some modernizations without distracting from the original bookstore’s emphasis.”

Case in point, Burien Books now has an email address: [email protected].

Here’s what patrons can look forward to:

  • Long-time employees Marion Floyd and Terry Titus will still be working at Burien Books
  • The emphasis will still be placed on children’s books, Northwest history, gardening, cookbooks and best sellers
  • Expansion of the non-fiction books
  • Expansion of stationary and paper goods
  • Used children’s books incorporated into children”s section

Allison and Wesley are Burien residents. Wesley was born and raised in Burien and is a grad of Highline High School as well as the University of Washington. Allison has a Masters in History from Western Washington and works part-time in the self check-out at Burien’s Fred Meyer.

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6 Responses to “B-TOWN BIZ: New Owners Moving Burien Books To Olde Burien”
  1. Susie says:

    Oh I love that, it will be much closer to Poggi Bonsi, where I work. I will be visiting the bookstore more often now. I can’t wait to see what she does with it. Congratulations!

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  2. Tanya says:

    I hope to attend future author guest visits on local history. Wishing you the best on your move, sounds like a gift in disguise.

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  3. Michael says:

    Glad to hear the business is staying in Burien!

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  4. Keli says:

    Fabulous! Another great business comes to thriving Olde Burien!

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  5. Dale says:

    Allison, may the books of your business bring joy to the minds of all ages.

    With all best wishes. Katherine Reed

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  6. Rob says:

    This is such good news for a change, I predict that Burien Books will be successful and many rewards to the new owners.

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