‘Wimpy Kid’ author opens bookstore in Plainville
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.