Eagle Harbor Book Company, a Bainbridge Island, WA, community icon in its 45th year, has new stewards: Islanders Jane and Dave Danielson.
Jane is a long time bookseller at EHBC and previously held the position of Events Manager. Her husband Dave practiced maritime law before morphing into a transitional justice and human rights lawyer focusing in Africa. Together they plan to expand EHBC in new directions while preserving the strengths and appeal of the current business.Morley Horder has been the owner of EHBC since 1997. During this time the bookstore developed a well-curated selection of books and gifts and has hosted diverse events including authors, poets, scholars, activists, artists, musicians, and storytellers of all kinds. Generations of island youngsters have grown up enjoying the large and inviting children’s section. The bookstore is also a frequent stop for tourists taking the 35-minute ferry ride from Seattle.
In 2012 Morley brought in two partners, René Kirkpatrick and Tim Hunter, to manage all aspects of the business, allowing him to focus on several other business interests, including development of technology for independent bookstores. For the last four years René and Tim, who remain on staff, have successfully guided Eagle Harbor Books through the many challenges facing independent bookstores across the country. The store has also expanded its offerings to eBooks and digital audio books.
Jane’s and Dave’s backgrounds and passion for books were critical in Morley’s decision to hand off the business to them.
“This bookstore has nourished and supported me, and I plan to pay it forward,” says Jane. “We will continue to provide meticulous service, while expanding our focus to becoming a hub for cultural discourse, and community discussions.”
She acknowledged the staff booksellers as a key to the store’s success, and added that the store’s customers are also important partners, with their excellent suggestions and ideas. Jane notes that timeliness and follow through on special orders will remain a significant area of service for readers.