the origin

 

Normal Books used to be a paint supply store. With the support of old and new friends, Chris and Mary spent months remodeling the building by hand until it reflected their dream—a bright, cozy space where little ones, pets, and Athenians of all stripes could celebrate good books. Mary’s folk art and Shannon’s ceramics (both for sale!) adorn the corners that aren’t filled with books.

Take home one of Shannon’s homemade mugs!

Take home one of Shannon’s homemade mugs!

Mary and Chris repurposed old schoolroom floors to give Normal Books its classic charm.

Mary and Chris repurposed old schoolroom floors to give Normal Books its classic charm.

Five thousand books and a few coats of varnish later, and ta-da! A labor of love for all to share.

Five thousand books and a few coats of varnish later, and ta-da! A labor of love for all to share.