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Unicorn Books and Gifts Moves Down Main

The unique book store has moved into a larger space and offers a bigger variety for Ramona readers.

Unicorn Books and Gifts was always a great stop for books and local jewelry, but with their new and expanded space, owner Stacy Bart says things are kicked up a notch.

"It's like our old store, but with a punch," Bart told Patch. "We stepped it up."

The bookstore, which used to sit in a small space at 780 Main Street, has literally moved down the road, filling up some real estate between antique stores where Sandy's Shoppe used to sit at 738 Main Street.

"We've almost doubled in size," Bart said. "We had grown out of our old space."

And the proof of expansion is in the selection. The storefront boasts a wide selection of new books, ranging from fiction, to non-fiction to health and lifestyle. And all of Bart's used collection of books still remains in the 1450 square-foot store.

"We pretty much carry what we had before, but now we can carry five copies of the newest release," Bart said. "We can store more, we can carry more, we can have book clubs."

Bart said her children's corner, which includes a fun mural of a reading dragon, has more choices now and that kid readings are something she hopes to be of a regular existence in her new joint.

"We have some kid readings coming up," she said. "I'm hoping to get some classic games in here... chess, checkers, jacks."

The new store has a cozy reading corner and tea for those looking to sit down with a good book and dive in.

"We created a nice space to sit down and read," Bart said, noting that she's still setting up shop and hopes to add plenty more comfy chairs and nooks for all the bookworms. "We want it to be more of a community hubbub—grab a cup of tea and sit down and read."

The Florida-native said that she's focusing on bringing even more local artists to her shop—she already brings in local health gurus, jewelry makers, artists and artisans.

"I'm looking for more books about Ramona," Bart said. "I have some here, but I want more!"

The new location for Unicorn Books and Gifts has only been open since Jan. 5 and Bart will celebrate one year of business on Jan. 15. She's holding a grand re-opening celebration after hours on Jan. 18 from 6-8 p.m. for those who want to check out the expanded space and the new events (like chakra and an angels lecture) Unicorn has to offer.

Unicorn Books and Gifts, now located at 738 Main Street, is open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

greg Chick January 10, 2013 at 06:08 PM
I suggest we offer open mic night. Story telling, jokes and "other" I offer to break the ice with my "Stories of a Plumber" We all need relief lets share. any takers? Greg Chick, AKA Ramona's Plumber
Melissa Phy January 10, 2013 at 06:30 PM
I love that idea, Greg. I actually suggested that to Stacy—poetry readings, music, fiction readings, etc. It'd be a great way to share your stuff! -MP
CallmeLefty January 10, 2013 at 07:12 PM
Awesome idea!
Ada Wildberger January 10, 2013 at 08:07 PM
Storytelling is a fantastic way for parents to introduce the art of language to their children; great for all of us!!
greg Chick January 10, 2013 at 08:23 PM
OK, we have kids nite, and we have therapy nite too.....
greg Chick January 10, 2013 at 08:25 PM
I can ask Darrell Beck to re cant history in Ramona as well as Don Owen and some others for History nite!
Stacy Bart January 10, 2013 at 09:05 PM
This is great! I'm thrilled to see some interest and a great use for our expanded space! Poetry/comedy night and Local History up close will be awesome events.. Look for them soon.
Stacy Bart January 10, 2013 at 09:06 PM
Yes! That's what we're looking for. Contact the shop or stop in and we can talk.
Nora Seidl January 11, 2013 at 06:41 AM
We had them twice at Packards, last summer with known authors?
greg Chick January 11, 2013 at 06:57 AM
I will see you tomorrow, Greg, AKA "Ballcock Bob" fun is what we need.
Stacy Bart January 11, 2013 at 04:55 PM
I don't do this alone. My business partner, Julia Dammeir, is the reason we have so many wonderful books and the muse behind the move and expansion. It didn't make it into the article but she is fantastic and a true book lover. Come to the grand re-opening and anniversary party to meet this fabulous lady!
greg Chick January 11, 2013 at 11:59 PM
When is grand re-opening?
Melissa Phy January 12, 2013 at 12:02 AM
Hi Greg, The grand re-opening info is linked in the second to last paragraph and is being held Jan. 18 from 6-8 p.m.! Best, MP
Jane Tanaka MD January 14, 2013 at 08:46 PM
Visited Unicorn Books and Gifts, and it reminds me of a small town version of Borders Book Store... only thing the best of the best! I purchased several books for my office waiting room for kids and adults, and a couple of unique pillows too. Love the local art and jewelry also. I think Packards could maybe have a cofee/tea cart in front of the store.

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