Mrs Dalloway’s bookstore at The Elmwood has new owners


Mme Dalloway Bookstore on College Avenue. It has new owners. Credit: Nancy Rubin

Mrs. Dalloway’s, the bookstore that’s a central part of the Elmwood shopping district, has new owners.

Eric and Jessica Green acquired the store from the owners, Marion Abbott and Ann Leyhe. The Greens will take over on November 1.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to continue the legacy built by Ann and Marion in Ms. Dalloway’s literary and garden arts,” Eric Green said in a press release. “We have dreamed of that chance in our lives where we would be able to take such an important step and look forward to starting working with Ms. Dalloway’s seasoned team to move the company forward into its new chapter. “

“It’s clear that Marion and Ann have built a special and beloved place,” added Jessica Green. “We will do our best to continue and improve what they started.”

The Greens bring a wealth of experience to the world of publishing and sales. Eric Green worked at Publishers Group West, also based in Berkeley, for decades, most recently in the sales group. PGW is part of the Ingram Publishing Services. Jessica Green has worked with national retailers in the home decor and art supplies industries.

Abbot and Leyhe opened the Mrs. Dalloway’s 17 years ago and announced its sale in April. Prior to Ms. Dalloway’s, the space on College Avenue was occupied by Avenue Books.

No purchase price was disclosed.

Ms. Dalloway’s employs 11 people, two of whom are full-time. He has about $ 200,000 in inventory of books, $ 23,000 in other inventory, such as gardening tools, seeds, plants, home decor items, games and other items, and a lease which runs until the end of 2022 with an option to renew for five years, according to its website. The children’s books section is the fastest growing part of the store, accounting for one-third of the store’s sales. Sales increased steadily from 2004 to 19, according to the owners.


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