B-TOWN BIZ: Page 2 Books sold, will move to new location on SW 152nd
Page 2 Books – owned and operated by Gayle Collins for nearly 12 years – is getting new owners and a new home on SW 152nd Street in downtown Burien.
The bookstore, currently at 15706 First Ave. South, first opened in 1989; Collins and her daughter Karen Ziegler purchased the store in 2002.
The new owners are Jenny Cole and veteran Seattle P-I Business Journalist Bill Virgin. They will be moving the store to a new location at 457 SW 152nd Street in downtown Burien, in the storefront formerly occupied by Village Woodworks (map below).
The reopening is tentatively scheduled for Nov. 1.
“We’ve thoroughly enjoyed running this store, getting to know our customers over the years and helping them find the right book,” said Collins. “But now it’s time to turn the business over to someone new. We believe we’ve found new owners who share our appreciation for this business and will continue to provide customers great selection and service.”
“Gayle and Karen deserve applause for sustaining Page 2 and building a loyal customer base, not only during some rocky years in the economy but through tumultuous times for book publishing and retailing,” Virgin said. “We appreciate both the opportunity and responsibility of taking over Page 2 and building upon the legacy they’ve created.”
“We share with our customers a love of books and the stories they tell,” added Cole. “We hope to continue being the place people think of when they think of books, and to become a center of activity for those who share an enthusiasm for books.”
With more than 35,000 volumes in stock, Page 2 Books offers breadth and depth of selection in popular fiction, romance, mysteries, science fiction, paranormal tales and westerns. Virgin and Cole plan to expand the children’s books section and non-fiction selections including cooking and titles of local and regional interest. They also plan to offer selected new books, and to offer book ordering and search services for retail customers and educators.
Page 2 Books will continue to display and sell works of local artists, and to host author book-signings and other cultural events.
“We’re looking forward to being a part of the vibrant scene of downtown Burien,” said Cole, who will be the store’s manager.
The store will continue its program of providing store credit for books brought in by customers, and will honor credits now held by customers.
Collins will be retiring to enjoy travel, while Ziegler will be working with a friend at Finally Found Books in Auburn.
Jenny Cole and Bill Virgin are married and live in Renton.
Cole, who will be the store’s manager, has worked in Burien for 13 years as dental practice coordinator for Dr. William Schmidt. She holds an education degree and a current teaching certificate, and has run a small Montessori school. She also has an interest in nutritional education, holding bachelor’s and master’s degrees in that field.
Virgin is a long-time business journalist. He is founder, publisher and editor of the newsletters Washington Manufacturing Alert and Pacific Northwest Rail News, and a contributing columnist to The News Tribune (Tacoma), Seattle Business magazine and the utility and energy newsletter Clearing Up. For more than 18 years he was a business reporter with the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.