The city of Chehalis has a myriad of curious stories to tell about its past. In 1969 a little bookstore was born by the name of “The Book Rack.” In 1983 the business changed hands, and added “The Brush”, and moved into its current location in downtown Chehalis. In June of 2005 David and Beverly Hartz purchased the business from the former owners, not long after moving to the area from Southern California. The store’s location has an interesting past – the main retail space was originally a Safeway in the 1940s and 50s, and the now Children’s section used to be a meat locker for the D & J Meat Market.
Not only does Book N’ Brush carry new books and art supplies, but also offers custom framing, unique artisan gifts, candy, cards, jewelry, and toys for sale, many of which are made by local artists. While you are there be sure to check out their local art class offerings, and Book N’ Brush is also hosting local Author Gretchen Staebler on Saturday December 10 from 2 – 4 pm.
Book N’ Brush is much more than an independent book and art store. “Bookstores are a community gathering place. It’s not about selling books. We are in the people business. We just happen to sell books and art supplies.” states co-owner David Hartz. Be sure to check out Book N’ Brush when you are out doing your holiday shopping this season. The store is located at 518 N Market Blvd in downtown Chehalis.