Have you dreamed of owning a bookstore? Would you love to work with books and become a vital part of the stimulating and supportive community of Anacortes? Are you the next owner of Watermark Book Company?
After 35 years of bookselling, I have decided it’s time to retire and pursue other passions. My husband Norman Sturdevant and I opened Watermark in the fall of 1989 and developed it into a highly-regarded independent bookstore with a strong inventory as well as a knowledgeable, experienced staff. The business is healthy and growing. The future of the bookstore is bright in a community that treasures the arts, poetry, literature, and good bookstores.
The store has faced many challenges over the years, including the rock-slide that closed Highway 20, the growth of chain bookstores, Norman’s death in 1999, the rise of the “Big River” (Amazon.com), and the advent of eReaders.
Now, Watermark is ready for someone who is eager to take the art of the bookstore to the next level, whatever that may be.
In the meantime, my staff and I remain dedicated to serving you as we have for the past twenty-seven and a half years as your local booksellers.
Send serious inquiries only, please, to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
— Patti Pattee, owner of Watermark Book Company, Anacortes, WA