.Final Chapter For Kelly’s Books

Watsonville's only bookstore will close in November

After 12 years running Watsonville’s only bookstore, Kelly Pleskunas will hang up her closed sign at Kelly’s Books for the last time Nov. 4.

“I want to send a heartfelt thank you to all the customers who have supported me these past 12 years,” she said. “I will miss you all; I have made a lot of great friends here. It’s just not possible to stay open any longer than November 4.”

Pleskunas said that the pandemic sent many of her customers to shop for books on Amazon.

“Amazon won,” she said.

Her store, which features new and used books for adults, a children’ s section, books in Spanish and unique local gifts, stems from Crossroads Books, which  opened its doors in the Crossroads Center across Main Street in 1994. Pleskunas bought the business from Jan Van Wordenberg in 2011 and moved across Main Street to her current spot in 2016.

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“It’s been awesome to have a local place that is not the internet,” said long time customer, Daryl Nelson. “Kelly is a wonderful person and her store will be missed.” 

Pleskunas said that everything must go now, including books, bookcases and tables.

“There are still loads of new and used books here, gift items and cards,” she said.

She recommends that book hounds visit Bookshop Santa Cruz in downtown Santa Cruz, Downtown Book and Sound in Salinas or Shop Two Birds on 41st Ave. in Capitola.

Ed Frost wandered into the shop Tuesday to pick up Stephen King’s latest novel.

“I’ve been coming in here for years,” he said. Of the upcoming closure, he simply added, “I’m heartbroken.”

For information, visit watsonvillebooks.com or call 728-4139. Special orders can be made up to Oct. 11.


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Tarmo Hannula
Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.
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