Stillwater Books now open on Main Street

Stillwater Books now open on Main Street

Steven and Dawn Porter, center, cut the ceremonial ribbon opening their new business, Stillwater Books, at 175 Main St., in Pawtucket. Dignitaries in attendance included, from left, Herb Weiss, Pawtucket’s economic and cultural affairs officer, John Gregory, president of the Northern RI Chamber of Commerce, the Porters, Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien and District 8 Senatorial candidate Sandra Cano. (Breeze photos by Robert Emerson)

PAWTUCKET – After a lengthy wait and long delays, Steve and Dawn Porter were finally able to celebrate the opening of their Stillwater Books last Thursday. The store is located in the Chester Building, 175 Main St., on the corner of Roosevelt Avenue across from Slater Mill in downtown Pawtucket.

Stillwater Books is a new independent bookshop carrying both new and used books, cards, select gift items, and a large selection of books written by local Rhode Island authors. In addition, the location will serve as a book publishing office for Stillwater River Publications, the state’s largest publisher of books by local writers.

Though it opened on March 1, the store will celebrate its grand opening on the weekend of March 17-18 with author visits, book signings and other activities.

Kevin Duarte, of Riverside, standing, and Patrick May, of Pawtucket, work their way through the bookshelves. The business will also offer educational programs with established and aspiring local authors, in conjunction with the Association of Rhode Island Authors, as well as offering publishing services through the publishing arm of the business, which has already published more than 100 books.
Joann Mead, of East Greenwich, checks out the merchandise at Stillwater Books, which opened last Thursday.
Last Thursday was a busy day for Stillwater Books which opened at 175 Main St., in Pawtucket.