Downtown Whitewater Bookstore An Art and Book Lover’s Haven

November 14, 2019

On a cozy corner of Main St. in an old bank rests The Book Teller– a gently used bookstore and artisan shop filled to the brim with everything a gift giver and book lover could imagine. Complete with historic teller windows and a walk-in vault (now the bookstore’s Horror/Mystery/Sci-fi section), The Book Teller prides itself on its wide variety of genres and unique handcrafted gifts made by local artisans with care, attention, and intention.

“It’s about community. It’s about providing the people who walk through our doors a warm, welcoming place to sit, have a cup of tea, and read a book without pressure to buy. It’s a place where our artists can have a spot to show/sell their work. It’s a place where books can have a new life. It’s about giving back. We receive so many books given to us by generous community members. It’s fun to pass those along.”

Proprietor, Karen McCulloch
Proprietor, Karen, at the checkout counter behind The Book Teller’s local authors and crafts.

The (mostly) volunteer-staffed shop is friendly and quaint with nooks and crannies to discover around ever corner. They offer locally created photographs, collages, stained glass, jewelry, handcrafted soap, scarves, and pottery, coffee beans, granola and so much more. And of course, shelves upon shelves of gently used books.

“We thought the name The Book Teller was so appropriate because it’s reflective of those historic teller windows, the stories we tell, and the stories in our art and the books on our shelves. And when we opened, everything magically fell into place. The store took on a life of its own and is now writing its own story.”

Proprietor, Karen McCulloch

The bookstore, at its core, stands for community and supporting local. Karen shares, “We wanted to open a store on Main St. to help drive traffic and make downtown a thriving destination.” This is beginning to come to fruition for The Book Teller as they schedule more and more events and grab all types of people for a wide variety of fun. They’ve offered a jewelry workshop, book readings, poetry readings, personal empowerment workshops, tarot readings, storytime for kids and adults, journal-making workshops, and a book club.

Upcoming events:

  • Nov. 16th 10:30a- Storytime for Kids and a Girl Scout tour at 1p
  • Nov. 30th All Day- Small Business Saturday book and select vendor sales with a coupon for use in the future
  • Dec. 6th 4-8p- Parade of Lights Holiday Open House
  • Dec. 8th 5:30p- Sauerkraut with Sam! Fermentation demo and sauerkraut workshop: $20
  • Dec. 14th 4p- The Book Teller Book Club discusses Athena’s Choice (all are welcome!)

Whether you seek gifts to purchase for the holidays (or to spoil yourself!), a beautiful piece of art for your wall, good company, or a good book, you’ll find it at The Book Teller.

“So many people have said how brave we are for opening a bookstore in this age of digitization, but even more people have commented that they love to hold a book, they love the smell of a book, it never needs to be plugged in. It’s always mobile. There’s nothing like browsing a used bookshop. It’s an experience. It’s the thrill of a find. You can find something historic or brand new.”

Proprietor, Karen McCulloch

To learn more about The Book Teller or find out how you can get involved as a volunteer, artisan, or to give a book donation, stop in! They love visits. Otherwise, you can visit them here or here.