About Our Store


The Store

Stepping through the curved mahogany door into the 1820’s mansion, you immediately detect the inviting aroma of old books.  Relax in front of our fireplace while you peruse your finds.


The Stock

We specialize in antiquarian and rare hardcovers, primarily non-fiction. Three rooms full of books will delight collectors of beautiful bindings, readers of literature and biography, and folks searching for long out-of-print books.  The comprehensive local and regional section will interest visitors, and locals working on their family history...more than 500 titles to choose from!  There are hundreds of children’s books, chosen with nostalgia in mind.  Personalized, individual service for every customer!  


Store Hours

Regular store hours year round are 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. Other hours by arrangement.


The Staff

Dave Shoots

Dave Shoots began the business in August of 2000, taking over the existing premises of another bookseller. A life-long interest in books led to a degree in Journalism as well as a Masters of Divinity. Dave collects agriculture books and was a flea marketer for more than 30 years. Dave sang bass in the Saint John Men's Chorus for ten years, and had roles in a couple of local operas. In addition to retail sales, he is in charge of purchasing stock and listing books for sale online.

Wendy (Shoots) Matheson

Wendy (Shoots) Matheson has training in Broadcast Journalism. Her childhood dream of becoming a writer was realized when she started Cornhill Communications in 1995. From 2001-2007, Wendy produced a monthly community newsletter for West Saint John called "West Side Story". From March of 2010 until January, 2012, Wendy wrote an award-winning personal blog, Herding Cats in Hammond River. In addition to onsite customer service, she handles online order processing, book scouting, inventory control, and photographing/shelving the books.