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‘Wimpy Kid’ author opens bookstore in Plainville

Jeff Kinney, author of the best-selling “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” inside his new bookstore An Unlikely Story in Plainville. Barry Chin/Globe Staff

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Friday in Plainville at an old market turned into a bookstore by children’s author Jeff Kinney .

An Unlikely Story will serve books and beverages in a whimsical environment, with flying books and brooms overhead, said Shaelyn Germain, store program director.

“It’s very cozy, welcoming, and inviting,” Germain said. “You create a new story when you are here.”

Germain said the store is a general interest bookstore with specialty gifts and a “Wimpy Kids” section with signed copies of the New York Times bestseller list series, “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” which was written by Kinney.

After 2½ years of preparation, the bookstore will open officially from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. The store’s website describes it as “an indie bookstore, a café, and an event space.”


Germain said that for years Kinney, a Plainville resident, imagined a transformation at the old Falk’s Market, which has stood in the center of town at 111 South St. since the 1850s.

“We really took a lot of care and attention to detail,” Germain said. “It’s a sustainable building using reclaimed materials from Providence and Boston.”

According to its website, the store will host a range of functions from readings to yoga to wine tastings.

Rebecca Fiore can be reached at rebecca.fiore@globe.com.