Bookstore and much more

WARRENSBURG They started working on their business on the inside, and are finishing up the outside as one year of business passes. Nancy Dunn and her husband Bill moved to Warrensburg from near New York City, where she was a teacher and he was a firefighter. He is now disabled and the clean air of the North Country is much healthier for him, so the couple have settled in the area. Nancy teaches English in Lake George and runs Maren Dunn Bookstore and Coffee House in Warrensburg, across the street from the Post Office. I ran a small antique shop in Hudson on weekends when we lived in the city, she said. Her goal this year for her store is to go local. You go into so many stores, and turn over pricey items and it says Made in China, she said. So I am making a concerted effort to sell local and American. Maren Dunn carries the work of local artists and has inherited the jewelry formerly sold at the Tamarack made by Judy Brown. People need to support local business, she said. I donate to a lot of people who come in asking for help, and I hope people will stop in instead of driving by on their way to Target. Dunn started the store as a bookstore, and she continues to stock plenty of new and old books, including local authors, but she soon contracted with local artists and crafts people to expand her inventory. We have garnet earrings, local photos and bookmarks, local honey and handcrafted Adirondack tables, Dunn said. Last May, she added the coffee shop, which she said offers hot and cold lattes and flavored espressos that rival anything made by Starbucks with a much smaller price tag. We have a room to sit and relax, with relaxing jazz, she said. Jewelry by Melanie Thomas is available as is the sea glass jewelry made by Valerie Gates. Hand-made wool table runners, embroidered towels and other items along with childrens books and toys also can be found at Maren Dunn. The barn out back is full of antiques, Dunn said. And my favorite, the goats milk hand soap, lotion and body butter is in the store. Dunn said the store has a book club and she is planning poetry readings and acoustic music on Fridays. Maren Dunn Bookstore and Coffee Shop is open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. - 6 p.m Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

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