Customers, who may receive a 20 percent in-store credit for a publisher’s
price on softcover books and 10 percent for hardcovers, can spend hours
looking for just the right reading matter.
contacted by local marketing groups that offered to assist.
There is a tight-knit community within the world of small
business owners in the county, and The Book Exchange has
always been part of it.
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In keeping with Giddens’ request, Wood is keeping true to
the shop’s core values and has decided not to make any big
changes. She knows her customers appreciate keeping things
familiar and the shop had gained a large number of regulars
since its opening more than 20 years ago. When Wood sees a
familiar vehicle pull up to the shop, she quickly grabs whatever
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books she knows are next on that customer’s reading
list or a selection of books she believes they will like. When
assisting someone who is new to the shop, Wood asks what
they like to watch on television and works around that.
“I have several regulars who have become great friends
who I can talk with on a weekly basis,” Wood says. “For
instance, there’s a girl named Dora, she’s a high school senior
who now comes in regularly to trade books. She will come in
after big school events to hang out and we just talk about her
life, dreams. I’ve really enjoyed those types of connections
with my customers and community.”
The Book Exchange has an estimated 10,000 books — paperbacks
and hardcovers. The shop’s inventory is broken
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9700 Reserve Blvd.
Port St Lucie, FL 34986
Each office is independently
owned and operated.