The Next Chapter Bookstore, an independent, women-owned, destination book shop filled with new and gently loved books for the entire family, has opened at 205 N. Main St., Sellersville.
Sellersville residents, Helen and Jess Ward, mother and daughter, bring their love of books and generations of experience to this inviting setting. Helen and Jess developed their passion for books during Helen’s 35-year teaching career and Jess’s love of reading and experience working at the Perkasie Public Library.
“Jess and I share a love of books and have been buying and collecting them for years,” remarked Helen Ward, owner of The Next Chapter. “I have always wanted to do something with books when I retired and we are very excited to be opening our bookstore together.”
The Wards know that there is nothing like holding an actual book in your hands when it comes to savoring a good read.
“All throughout my teaching career I developed a love of children’s literature. Having a chance to share this with children who were just learning how to read was very special,” said Helen. “I had a chance year after year to watch them find their favorite series, genre, or author and be excited to become a reader.”
The Next Chapter’s calendar is filled with events designed to instill a love of books and reading for every member of ones family. This fall’s calendar of events includes author visits, story hours, book clubs and more.
“Sellersville’s growing revitalization of our Main Street Cultural District is enhanced by the addition of The Next Chapter Bookstore,” said Borough Manager Eileen Bradley. “The bookstore will be a nice destination gathering place for the community and complement our other Main Street businesses.”
“The name of our store, The Next Chapter Bookstore, has special meaning to our family,” said Helen. “First, we love the reference to books and the feeling that you always want to get to the next chapter. It also references the next chapter in our lives as we move forward after losing a loved one a short time ago.”
“Music, arts and culture are defining Sellersville’s revitalization,” said Stephen Barth, the borough’s director of economic development consultant. “The Next Chapter Bookstore opening in the heart of our downtown will bring writers, authors and bibliophiles into Sellersville’s burgeoning cultural district.”
The Next Chapter Bookstore joins the Sellersville Theater, Pickers Junction Antique Store, Daddy O’s Art Gallery, Seychelles Gifts and a soon to open vintage record store, all in Sellersville’s Cultural District.